Spring is in the air, well sort of. At least it is here in Belgium. And the calendar definitely says it is spring which means that the fresh baby vegetables are beginning to replace hearty root vegetables at the stands in the markets. So what better way to celebrate the new season than with this easy risotto that is filled with the best fresh vegetables that spring has to offer?
Marking risotto is more of a formula rather than an exact recipe. Rice is slowly cooked in a mixture of broth and white wine. When the rice is al dente, you stir in the add-ins of your choice which in this case is the freshest of the baby vegetables I found at the market. Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you like or that look good. And the final touch is the creamy addition of both parmesan cheese and creme fraiche (you can substitute sour cream if you prefer) which adds a touch of tang while bringing the entire dish together.
Enjoy the risotto as a meal unto itself or alongside your favorite grilled meat. Just be sure to have the rest of your meal ready before you finish the risotto since it truly tastes best when eaten immediately.
GREEN VEGETABLE RISOTTO
3/4 c green beans, blanched and snapped into 1 inch pieces
3/4 c sugar snap peas
3/4 c asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup dry white wine
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 small shallot, minced
1 green onion – white part only- mince
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
top with sliced green onion (Green part)
- Fill a medium sized pan with water and bring to a boil.
- Add the green beans, snap peas and asparagus.
- Cook for 30 seconds, drain in a colander and immediately rinse with cold water. Set aside.
- Combine the broth and white wine in a large saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the temperature but keep the broth mixture hot.
- In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and saute until it is soft and golden.
- Add the rice and stir to combine making sure each grain of rice is coated with butter.
- Gradually add the hot broth to the rice by the ladleful, stirring to combine after each addition. Continue to stir the rice often to keep it from sticking.
- Continue adding the broth being sure to add the next ladle before the rice has cooked itself dry. Repeat this process until the rice is tender to the bite. You may not need to use all of the broth.
- Prior to adding the last ladle of broth, stir in the vegetables and the green onion to the rice and stir to combine.
- Off the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and creme fraiche.
- Top with sliced green onion.
- Serve immediately.