Today is Spiked! reveal day using the ingredient Limoncello. I decided to go down the savory road with this Limoncello and Asparagus Risotto. Not only does it have a nice lemony taste but asparagus season is coming soon and is perfect in this creamy rice dish!
The Spiked! challenge is hosted by 2 friends of mine, Julie at This Gal Cooks and Carrie at Frugal Foodie Mama. It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with so be sure to head over to their sites to see the other recipes.
adapted from BH&G
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup sliced leek
- 1 cup uncooked arborio rice
- 1 tablespoon zested lemon peel
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 cup dry white wine (or additional water or cooking sherry)
- 1 cup asparagus ( 1″ bias cut pieces)
- 1/2 cup finely grated romano cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Limoncello (or just plain lemon juice)
- Heat the butter and oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Then add the leek and cook about 6-7 minutes until tender.
- Add the rice and lemon peel; cook about 6-7 minutes until rice is light brown stirring often
- In a another saucepan bring to a simmer the broth and wine; keep simmering throughout process.
- Gradually add in 1/2 cup of hot broth to the rice; stir constantly until it is absorbed then keep adding 1/2 cup at a time until broth is absorbed by rice. It must be stirred constantly and should take about 20-22 minutes. The rice should be just slightly firm.
- Remove from heat and add the asparagus, cheese, limoncello and pepper. Cover the pan and let sit 5 minutes.
I kind of lucked out with the Limoncello part. My friend Steph made her own this past fall and gave us some at Christmas. It’s really good and went well in this dish. And you might be thinking that making risotto is hard to do but it’s just stirring, stirring and stirring… we can all do that, right? You can get your workout in at the same time!
This risotto dish is super creamy and very addicting. While it makes a great side dish, the DIY Guy and myself ate it as a main dish and I’m glad we did!
I’ve used this same Limoncello in a cupcake recipe… check it out as well!