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Author Notes: note: i happened to have an excessive amount of home-made chicken broth i had made the previous week, which was fabulous in this dish. if you don't have homemade broth on hand, use any type of broth you prefer. —aubrey | drum beets
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 6-8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 2 medium shallots
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 small zucchini, or other small summer squash
- 5 ounces soft goat cheese, chevre
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, de-stemmed
- sea salt & cracked pepper to taste
- start by heating your broth in a saucepan. bring to a simmer and turn heat off to low.
- cut washed zucchini in half lengthwise, and slice into quarter-inch thick half moons. in a large saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-low heat. add zucchini and garlic and saute until zucchini is fully cooked. add more oil if necessary. once cooked, remove from heat and set zucchini aside in a small bowl.
- thinly slice shallots and pick the thyme away from the stems. using the same saute pan, heat an additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat and saute shallots with the fresh thyme until the shallots translucent.
- add uncooked rice, and fry for 2 minutes, stirring frequently - coating the rice with oil. add more oil if needed to keep rice from burning.
- deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup white wine. add a ladle full of hot broth to the rice and stir constantly until it is almost fully absorbed. continue adding a ladle of broth at a time, allowing the rice to absorb most of the moisture before adding more fluid.
- continue cooking and stirring for about 20-30 minutes until desired consistency. the rice should not be overcooked or overly mushy, but the starches from the rice should release into the broth creating a creamy, saucy texture.
- once the rice is fully cooked, stir in crumbled goat cheese and the pre-cooked zucchini. salt and pepper to taste. serve with a sprinkling of grated parmesan.
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