Holding still another bunch of fresh local asparagus right after making an asparagus and mint frittata the other day, I realized that I was quite taken with the combination of fresh asparagus and mint and decided to Google the pair for another idea. And what should show up on the first page but Jamie Oliver's asparagus, mint and lemon risotto … as in asparagus and mint and lemon and risotto! It was but a matter of moments to decide to copy it down, and of only a few hours to tailor the recipe to my needs and begin cooking.
As famous as Jamie Oliver is, I confess to never having made any of his recipes before. Maybe it's that slightly smarmy expression of his that puts me off, as though he thinks pretty highly of himself. On the other hand, if he can pull of this glorious combination of flavors so well as in this risotto, perhaps he deserves to wear that face.
As always with the traditional method of cooking risottos, be sure to stir constantly and methodically but not too energetically — you'll wear yourself out and start to cramp in the wrists otherwise.
|Asparagus, Mint and Lemon Risotto|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Jamie Oliver
Published on May 31, 2008
Creamy risotto cooked with fresh asparagus, mint and lemon