Thursday, 15 October 2015

Beet Risotto with Champignon & Beef

As my birthday grows near, I've been reviewing a lot of items on my 22 Before 23 List. One of them is to cook dinner for my whole family. It's been at the back of my mind but I've just been putting it off for so long. Of course, now that I'm super swamped and barely have time for anything I finally put it into action. To make it even more difficult, my Dad and Stepmom both stopped consuming flour, which means I can't cook them a quick meal like pasta or noodle. Also, I wanted to make it with a Halloween theme to it. So yeah, way to make it hard on myself. But I finally ran into this unique recipe from A Beautiful Mess, which is originally meant for Valentine's Day. It looks so much like an internal organ that I thought it would fit the theme - plus it's quite simple and easy. But it wouldn't be me not to modify it a bit. That being said, I claim no right to this recipe, it clearly belongs to the ABM crew.

Ingredients 
  • 2 cups rice (originally arborio rice)
  • 1 1/2 medium beets
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 oz. minced beef
  • 8 champignon mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper + mozzarella cheese, to taste
  1. Peel the onion and the beets then dice them into really small pieces and cut the mushrooms too.
  2. Put 2 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. olive oil into a sauce pan, add in the onion and beet and cook over medium heat.
  3. After the onion is a bit tender, add in the rice and the rest of the butter. Mix well.
  4. After the rice is a bit more translucent (1-2 minutes), add in the beef and the water 1/2 cup at a time. Make sure most of the liquid is absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup of water.
  5. Once all the water is in, put in the mushroom and cover the sauce pan with the lid and let it cook for 12-16 minutes, until the mixture has boiled and most of the water has been absorbed.
  6. Add the salt, pepper and cheese to taste and mix well.
  7. Serve it while it's hot and dig in!

Tips: Make sure you pick ripe beets to have the best effect. If you don't want to peel the beets, you can just grate it using a box grater. Make sure to look at your rice - if you feel it's not red enough (which is the case here), just add in more beets. Do not let all the water gets absorbed by the rice, as it's supposed to be a bit wet. You can add chilli to add more spice to the dish. You can also substitute the minced beef with sausages or any other kind of meat. Make sure to mix well, as you might get lumps of seasonings elsewhere if you don't. Lass euch schmecken!

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