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Holiday Squash Risotto

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  • Makes: 10 to 12 servings
  • Start to Finish 1 hr

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Ingredients

  • Spiced Butter and Roasted Garlic (see recipes)
  • 1 2 - pound butternut squash
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 6 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 slices maple-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup finely chopped shallots or onions
  • 1 cup chopped fresh sorrel
  • 1 pound (2-1/2 cups) uncooked vialone nano rice or arborio rice
  • 1 teaspoon snipped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • Kosher salt (optional)
  • Freshly ground white pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. Prepare Spiced Butter and Roasted Garlic (recipes follow). Meanwhile, for caramelized squash: Cut squash in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds. Peel squash; slice into 3/4-inch slices. Cut slices into 3/4-inch cubes. Season squash with kosher salt and white pepper. In a very large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add squash. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Cook, covered, about 5 minutes more or until just tender. Add brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes or until squash has caramelized but still holds its shape. Set aside at room temperature until ready to use. (You may prepare the squash up to 1 hour in advance and store, covered, at room temperature or in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.)
  2. For risotto: In a large saucepan bring chicken stock to boiling; reduce heat to a very low simmer. In a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven, cook bacon about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add shallots and sorrel. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until shallots are tender but not brown. Reduce the heat to medium low.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the rice, sage and thyme into bacon mixture. Cook, stirring frequently, for 7 to 10 minutes or until rice is coated and just starts to brown. Add wine. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until wine is absorbed, stirring often. Ladle about 1 cup of the simmering stock into the rice. Cook, stirring frequently, until most of the stock is absorbed.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring, adding another 1 cup stock only when the previous stock is absorbed. After 15 minutes begin tasting the rice. At this point, add enough of the remaining stock, about 1/4 cup at a time, until rice is firm yet cooked through, stirring frequently and adding more stock only when the previous stock is absorbed. (You may have leftover stock).
  5. Stir in Spiced Butter and parsley. If you like, season to taste with kosher salt and white pepper. Gently fold in the caramelized squash, keeping the individual pieces as intact as possible. Serve immediately. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Spiced Butter

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon finely snipped fresh oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely snipped fresh marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine butter, softened; the Roasted Garlic (recipe follows); oregano; marjoram; ground cinnamon; kosher salt; ground ginger, and a dash freshly ground white pepper. Cover and set aside at room temperature until ready to serve. (You can prepare the butter up to 24 hours in advance. Store, covered, in refrigerator in an airtight container.) Makes about 1/3 cup.

Roasted Garlic

Ingredients

  • 10 large cloves unpeeled garlic (preferably fresh ehads that are firm and have no sprouts)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground white epper

Directions

  1. Place unpeeled garlic in a 6-ounce custard cup. Toss cloves with extra-virgin olive oil and water. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper. Bake, covered, in a 325 degree F oven for 35 to 45 minutes or until garlic is tender. Cool about 15 minutes or until easy to handle. Press garlic out of its skin into another small bowl. With a fork, mash into a puree. Set aside at room temperature until ready use. Makes 1 to 2 tablespoons.

Nutrition Facts

(Holiday Squash Risotto)

Servings Per Recipe 10, sodium (mg) 454, iron (mg) 4, calcium (mg) 50, fiber (g) 2, vit. A (IU) 7969, cal. (kcal) 330, vit. C (mg) 17, pro. (g) 7, carb. (g) 50, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 24, sat. fat (g) 6

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