Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crockpot Risotto

I don't know about y'all, but I love the convenience of my crock pot/slow cooker.  It's so nice to be able to throw stuff in and pretty much forget about it.  I've been collecting recipes to try (Must Eats - Crock Pot), and this risotto is one I was definitely intrigued by, since risotto is anything but a throw in a pot and forget it type dish.
This comes from A Year of Slow Cooking -

-1 1/4 cup uncooked Arborio rice
--1/4 cup olive oil
--1/4 cup white wine
--3 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth  *I used chicken
--1 t dried onion flakes
--5 cloves chopped garlic  *I used 2 small cloves
--1 t kosher salt
--1/4 t black pepper

--2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (to add at the very end)

The Directions.

--toss the uncooked Arborio rice with the olive oil in your crockpot stoneware
--add the seasonings and garlic
--pour in the broth and white wine
--stir to mix flavors

--cover and cook on high for 2 hours, or until the rice is tender. It took 2.5 hours for me.

--stir in the shredded cheese and leave uncovered for about 15 minutes to let a bit of the moisture escape

The final product will be very creamy and have a porridge-like consistency.

Verdict?  This has all the flavor of classic risotto, which I love, with none of the 'work' (it's not really hard, you just can't walk away and leave it on the stove to boil, it requires some attention!)  However, it has the consistency of oatmeal (which was pointed out in the original recipe, so I wasn't surprised).  I didn't mind the texture really, but I didn't love it either, and my kids didn't like it.  So, even though this was very convenient, tasted good, and pared well with roast chicken, I'll probably stick to the traditional method.  As with all foods, it's up to each individual as to whether they like this or not.  

**Which reminds me....when someone posts recipes on their blog, and you try it and don't like it, is it fair to leave nasty, negative comments? It's not their fault they liked a dish and you didn't.  Or maybe you did something wrong?  Everyone has different taste preferences.  No, I'm not talking from personal experience (as of yet), but this happened to another blogger.  She's not a chef, or writing a cookbook (to my knowledge), she just likes to post recipes and home projects, etc.  It just so happened that one of her recipes got picked up by Pinterest and spread like wild fire.  Then she started getting several nasty comments (not all negative, but enough to get my panties in a knot), and I just didn't get it.  Anyway, that's my little mini-rant.  
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I'm sure this doesn't apply to any of YOU, b/c my readers are FABULOUS :)  
and y'all know that I don't know what the hell I'm doing half the time anyway.


  1. I always worry about that. I mean, what if people don't like what I make? I think it fine to be diplomatic, and just say it wasn't for us, but bashing is just unnecessary in my mind. If I make something and it doesn't turn out, I just don't blog it!

  2. Really good point! No one has exactly the same taste. I've been reading through A Year of Slow Cooking, too. I don't think this particular recipe would be for me, and having you share your experience helps me know to avoid it- so thanks!

  3. Oooo Yummy..This looks awesome..:)) I Found ya on blog hop and had to stop in..officially following ya with smiles..I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/ and will love for you to stop in sometime...Loving your blog and off to read more :))

  4. that looks good.. I think. lol. I've never even thought about if the recipe was bad.. hmmmmm. I guess that I would just stay quiet and never make it again.

    Have a great night.

  5. I love a Year of Slow Cooking. Stephanie always has the best recipes.

    I normally don't ever leave nasty comments about a recipe I didn't like. I only post bad reviews if it's from a big name recipe place and not someone's personal blog. It's just kinda rude.

  6. I've gotten some nasty comments but to them i say c'est la vie. I'm fine with criticism, but there's a way to be constructive and there's a way to be nasty about it.

    I love the sound of this risotto! So much easier than standing over the stove and stirring!

  7. dang...risotto IS a lot of work...too bad this didn't have the right texture. One time on America's Test Kitchen, they made oven risotto and they swore it was just as creamy as the real deal. I have never tried their recipe though. I agree with you on the neg comments thing...it reminds me of the skit they did on SNL this past Saturday...lol Did you happen to see it? It was a show that had guests on who were neg commenters...it was pretty funny.

  8. Oh man! I have so been planning to try this. I think the only reason I haven't is because I am a bit of a risotto snob and was afraid I'd be unhappy. I'm sorry you didn't like it, but thank you for telling me so I don't waste my time!

    As far as the negative comments? I don't like 'em either. I always tell my family and friends "If you don't like it? I don't care!" I don't take criticism too well. ;-)



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