Beet and Goat Cheese Risotto

Lisa Leake, New York Times best selling author, has taken her family on a nine-year journey to commit to eating real food. She has teamed up with Grassland Butter to promote transparency, wholesome eating, and a choice for better. This recipe is a Lisa Leake original.

1 tablespoon Grassland butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup quick-cooking short-grain brown rice , rinsed
¼ cup dry white wine
4 cups chicken stock, or broth, warmed, homemade preferred
1 red beet, roasted, trimmed, peeled, and cut into small dice.
½ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and butter. Add the onion and saute for 3 or 5 minutes, or until translucent but not yet brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.

Add the brown rice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often to coat the rice with the oil and butter. The rice will begin to brown.

Add wine and stir until almost all the liquid is evaporated (most of the alcohol will cook out), 1 or 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, add 1 or 2 ladles of warm chicken stock, and cook until it’s almost absorbed, stirring often. Repeat with more chicken stock until the rice is tender but still al dente and the risotto is slightly soupy, 30 to 40 minutes. You may need all the chicken stock. If you need more liquid, add more stock or a bit of water.

Stir in the diced beets and grated Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the goat cheese until creamy, and garnish with additional cheese if desired.

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