Arborio rice. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and ChiemseeMan.
Risotto. One of Italy's gifts to the world. With so many variations on one recipe, there's really no stopping this simple rice dish. It can be a dessert (rice pudding, anyone?) or a hearty meal that will provide healthy carbs and protein to keep you going.
The following recipe is simple and relatively quick, for a risotto. Like always, please experiment! Dinner's more fun when sometimes it's a surprise.
1 c. dry arborio rice
2 T butter
1 glug of olive oil
3 c. meat or vegetable stock of your choice
3/4 c. cooked pulled pork
1 bag (2 servings, ~12 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 small onion, chopped
3 T hoisin sauce
3 T thyme
salt & pepper to taste
Heat the butter and oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Throw in chopped onion and cook 'til translucent.
Add rice and cook, stirring constantly, for about three minutes.
Add stock, one cup at a time, and cook until all the liquid has been absorbed. Stir constantly so that the rice does not burn!
Add hoisin, thyme and spices after 2 cups of stock have been incorporated. Mix in the last of the stock.
While this is still very wet, add the pork.
Just before serving, heat the frozen veggies in the microwave according to the package's directions, add it to the pot, and mix well.
Enjoy with a glass of wine and your favourite person!