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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

lemon artichoke risotto

When it comes to a favorite Saturday night dinner, I think risotto takes the cake. I love experimenting with different kinds of risotto and incorporating different ingredients depending on what vegetables are in season. Risotto might not seem like the ideal dinner for the middle of August, but the combination of lemon and artichokes create the perfect light, refreshing and summery dish. I used frozen artichokes that I thawed because I didn't have time to clean and cook fresh artichokes, but fresh could easily be substituted! 

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Lemon Artichoke Risotto

{what you will need}
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups arborio rice
32 ounces chicken stock {I used reduced sodium}
8 ounces frozen artichokes, thawed & chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste

{instructions}
Place chicken stock in a medium pan and keep the heat on low to warm the stock. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat and cook the shallots and garlic until just golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat, incorporating completely. Pour about 1/2 cup of warm chicken stock into the rice mixture and stir until completely absorbed. Continue to stir and add the stock 1/2 cup at a time, just until the liquid is absorbed. Repeat this process until the rice is fully cooked, about 20 minutes. {I used just about all of my chicken stock and tasted the rice at this point to check it's "doneness"} Add the chopped artichokes and lemon juice and stir to combine. Allow the artichokes to heat for about 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper if needed. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. 

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Happy cooking and thanks for stopping by!

8 comments:

  1. Can you say yum! I love Risotto and this one sounds AMAZING!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  2. What a fabulous combo! I love a light summer meal and I think these flavors would be a taste party in my mouth! I think I may even need this for lunch!! Have a terrific Tuesday!!

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  3. Pinning this NOW. Awesome recipe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  4. You had me at risotto - I love this recipe!! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. You know I've never experimented with risotto, but I think that you have convinced me to give it a try. This looks delicious!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. This looks so good! I love risotto. I am going to have to try this!

    Nikki
    thefshionablewife.com

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  7. I always forget about risotto -- but you've reminded me that I need to make it again! Love the recipe, I'm going to try it this week! XO

    Hailey
    www.themiddlecloset.com

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  8. YUM I will definitely need to be trying this!!

    mollyonthemoveblog.com

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