Squash and Beet Risotto
Yep – winter is here and I’m already ready for spring. Temperatures have been unusually cold, dipping in to single digits when wind chill is included which is just way too cold for mid-November. However this is the perfect time to just stay in the kitchen and experiment with new-to-me ingredients and all sorts of flavor profiles. Or throw a bunch of random vegetables in to a dish and see what happens – which is what happened here. I had a bit of delicata squash left, along with two candy-stripped beets, and half a vidalia onion. So I went for a random grain, in this case arborio rice, and started chopping!
In order to avoid a pink blob, I held off on adding the beets until the last possible moment. Not only did this ensure they were super crispy, but it also gave the squash an opportunity to shine on its own. In the future I would most likely going for a strong squash, acorn perhaps, but there is something to be said about the subtle taste of delicata. I enjoyed my risotto topped with a bit of pepper, while Joe was more traditional and went for the Parmesan cheese.