Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lazy Day Risotto

Yesterday was one of my favorite kind of days--a lazy, lounge around the house day with an outing at night.  Once the busy weekend at work was over, all I wanted to do was relax, catch up on some of my favorite TV shows, and hang out with my boyfriend--which is what I did! After a day of pure nothingness, I made risotto with tomatoes, kale, and a bit of roasted garlic chicken sausage for dinner.  This was a total experiment because risotto is a fairly new ingredient in my kitchen cabinet and one that I'm always excited to use!

To start out, I chopped up half of a large onion and 2 large cloves of garlic, then threw them in a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil. 

Next, I ripped the kale off the stem, gave it a coarse chop, and tossed it into a pot of water to blanch. I waited until the water had been boiling for about 6 minutes until removing it.

I then added 2 seeded and diced tomatoes to about 2 cups of broth and put that in a pot to heat up. While the kale was blanching I poured in 2 cups of Arborio Risotto Rice and mixed it in the pan with the onions, garlic and oil, until it was fully coated.
Once all the ingredients had their rightful place on the stove, I added in about 1/3 cup of white wine. I used Pinot Grigio because that's what I had and what I like to drink, however any other dry white wine would probably work just as well! It's important to remember to add the wine at the beginning so that it has enough time to cook out all of the alcohol. Once the wine was mostly absorbed. I added in the hot broth and tomatoes, about half a cup at a time, and continued to do so until the risotto was tender and had a creamy consistency.  
While the risotto was cooking away, I threw on two links of roasted garlic chicken sausage into a lightly greased pan until both sides were crisp and golden brown. 
(I apologize for not having a photo. Things became a little hectic due to my boyfriend thinking there was not going to be enough for us, so I had to double the recipe at this point and wait for the new batch to catch up!)

After tasting the risotto to decide on texture and flavor, both batches were ready to combine and in went the kale and diced chicken sausage!

At this point, I decided to add a little bit of half & half and about a tablespoon of butter.  Oh the fatty goodness! I also sprinkled in some salt, pepper, and a bit of a homemade seasoning mixture.

This was not a necessary step, however I was a bit too eager in adding the final ingredients and felt my risotto needed an extra minute or two of cooking.  I was out of broth which is why I opted for the half & half.  

Finally... my Kale and Tomato Risotto with Diced Chicken Sausage!
 Yes, it tasted as good as it looks!

 My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this delicious meal, however our tummies were still requesting something sweet, so off to Terrapin we went for some dessert and drinks!

Terrapin has to be one of my sister Kim and my favorite restaurants in Dutchess County.  When she comes down to visit she always suggests we go there. I'm sure there is at least one post within her blog, The Simple Little Treat's archive as evidence!

Once seated, it didn't take us long to decide on which desserts we should indulge in!  The hard part however, was deciding on which two we should pick, rather than the three or four we had our eyes on. In the end, their Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake and Ice cream Sandwich with Ronnybrook Vanilla Ice cream were the winners!
Chocolate always wins, however I did have my eye on their Tiramisu and Warm Seasonal Berry Cake! 

The boyfriend paired our desserts with two pints of their
IPA, while I treated my taste buds to a glass of Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir from Brotherhood Winery, which I really enjoyed. 
Do you think we enjoyed them? I'd say so!

We then ended the night the way our day began by catching up on one of our favorite gore filled shows....

And boy, was this episode a doozy!  Rick lost it and the Governor was out for blood!

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead? If not, what are some of your favorite TV shows? 

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