Smoky Leek Risotto
Irresistible Leek Risotto: this creamy risotto with leeks, roasted cumin and cuban spices is a smoky sensation. Serve it on it’s own, or as a side dish. Either way, it will be the talk of the table.
What’s more comforting or luxurious than a silky serving of risotto?
Arborio rice is the glass slipper of the grain family. It transforms a plain rice pilaf into a fabulously rich risotto dish with a creamy, yet firm texture.
Risotto makes a lovely canvas for any flavor. This risotto with leeks is bright and earthy, with deep smoky undertones from McCormick Roasted Ground Cumin and Cuban Seasoning. The vibrant spices make this leek risotto a standout at the dinner table.
Smoky Leek Risotto was served at the McCormick Gourmet Dinner Party I threw last week. Make sure to check out the other recipes on the menu.
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Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Smoky Leek Risotto
Risotto with Leeks, Cumin and Cuban Spices
3 Tb. butter
3 Tb. olive oil
1 bunch leeks, white and light green ends diced and rinsed
1 Tb. McCormick Roasted Ground Cumin
2 Tb. McCormick Cuban Seasoning
2 1/2 cups arborio rice
1 cup white wine
6 1/2+ cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Place a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add the butter, oil, chopped and cleaned leeks, cumin and the Cuban Seasoning. Saute 3-5 minutes until the leeks soften.
Heat the stock in another sauce pan or in the microwave. Keep warm.
Add the rice to the leek mixture, followed by the white wine. Stir and simmer until the wine absorbs.
Add 1 cup of stock at a time, stirring and allow it to absorb into the rice before adding more. This should take 15-20 minutes until all the stock is incorporated and the rice is "al dente".
When the rice is tender and creamy, stir in the Parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
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