It seems that many people dislike or generally tend to avoid Brussels sprouts, a distaste that usually seems to have been born out of childhood experiences with a plate of bland, soggy and over-boiled vegetables. Their flavor is a bit more on the bitter side than many vegetables, which might also explain why children aren't so fond of them, but these little green cabbage-like buds are very healthy and should appeal to the adult palate once given a chance. Well, even as a child I'd never actually disliked Brussels sprouts, but nevertheless I seem to have largely neglected them in my meal plans. I'm not really sure why.
But I do adore making risottos, so when I saw a recipe for a Brussels sprouts risotto in Yotam Ottolenghi's latest cookbook, Plenty More, I immediately bookmarked it as a way not to enjoy a new risotto but to start to repair my neglect of this unique vegetable. Ottolenghi may not be strictly a vegetarian, but his love of vegetables shines through each of his four cookbooks, two of which — including this newest book — are entirely vegetarian. His recipes are always accessible and have a rustic and creative charm illustrated in a lavish collection of beautiful photographs.
I've changed up the original recipe, but I was quite smitten with Ottolenghi's idea of frying up some of the Brussels sprouts in hot oil until golden and crispy for garnishing the plates of risotto. Honestly, they are so delicious fried like this that I had a hard time making sure that enough of them remained to use for garnish! You'd better make some more just to snack on while cooking. More Brussels sprouts are shredded and cooked with the seasoned rice for a colorful and nourishing risotto that's finished off with lemon juice, soft goat cheese and plenty of fresh grated Parmesan cheese for a rich and creamy dining experience.
Risottos tend to dry out quite quickly, so as with any other risotto this one is best served right off the stove to enjoy the full creamy experience. It's an especially good idea with this risotto as the fried Brussels sprouts do not remain crispy if stored overnight. Cooking the lemon rind with the risotto, as indicated in the instructions, is quite optional as they are quite bitter and may not be to everyone's tastes.
|Brussels Sprouts Risotto|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi
Published on December 15, 2014
Rich, earthy and creamy lemony risotto cooked with Brussels sprouts and topped with golden fried crispy brussels sprout quarters
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Other risotto recipes to enjoy:
Classic Mushroom Risotto
Mushroom, Lentil and Spinach Risotto
Asparagus and Pesto Risotto with Mushrooms
Green Pea Risotto
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