Who isn't a Jamie Oliver fan, right? Well, if you're not for some crazy reason, I promise you will be after you see this recipe. In case you haven't noticed, I make quite a lot of risotto. It's one of my all-time favorite foods for many reasons: 1) There are SO many things you can do with it and an incredible amount of different ways you can make it, 2) It makes an awesome one-dish meal, and 3) It can last you all week. I feel like I make it too often, so lately I've been trying to avoid it. But it always seems to find me and taunt me, basically begging me to make it. I saw Jamie's website. And hard as I tried, I could not resist.
Hello, just look at the name: Apple and Walnut Risotto with Gorgonzola. Plus, there's goat cheese in it. That's like a quadruple yum right there. Unfortunately, I am an idiot and failed to buy walnuts, so I made the risotto with cashews, but am sure walnuts would be much, much better.
What you'll need:
- Basic risotto recipe (Martha's is easiest)
- Parmesan cheese, 1-2 small handfuls
- Gorgonzola, 7 oz.
- Goat cheese, 3 ½ oz.
- 2 Crunchy eating apples, tossed in lemon
- Marjoram, small bunch
- Walnuts, handful
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
You basically start by making a typical risotto. I used to follow a strict recipe, now I just kind of make it up because I've realized it's not too difficult to make a good one. First I cook my onions in some oil until they're translucent and then I put about 1 ½ cups of risotto in the pot for about a minute. I throw in some white wine and then pour in a cup of chicken stock at a time, wait for it to dissolve, and then add another. I do this until it's all dissolved and the risotto is nice and fluffy. But if you feel more comfortable following a recipe, check Jamie's basic risotto recipe out (he has a whole section on his website for risotto!). And I love how he says, "knobs of butter." So cute! If you prefer the more straightforward, American measurements, Martha's risotto recipe is pretty perfect and fool-proof!
While my risotto was cooking up (be sure to stir it lots!), I got going on grating some parmesan cheese. Check out my amazing parmesan cheese graters/Tupperware containers that I scored at Ikea a couple years ago for my ex boyfriend and then subsequently lost. I just found them in the back of my closet and am so happy to have them for myself! Best idea ever. And only $5.99 for two of them!