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Old 06-09-2008, 07:04 AM   #1
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Can I sneak veggie into this risotto?

can I sneak a veggie into this risotto recipe and still have it come out good? What kind of veggie can I put in? baby spinache maybe? When would I add it?

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Old 06-09-2008, 07:10 AM   #2
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I'd add them towards the end of cooking. The spinach just has to wilt and the others just need to be warmed up.

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:17 AM   #3
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Peas or diced carrots would do nicely.
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Asparagus would be good too.

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sure you can add a veggie to your risotto. With spinach, I would just stir the raw stuff into the cooked risotto before you add the last butter and cheese.

With the others, I would saute them and then stir them into the risotto towards the end of cooking time, so their flavor gets incorporated.

It must be cooler where you are than here in New York. No way could I possibly think of cooking risotto in this 100-degree heat!
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:35 AM   #6
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I would use shrimp rather than chicken, & forget the saffron - but that's just my opinion. Veggies - mushrooms, asparagus or squash. I like the taste of risotto, & wouldn't add in much of anything else.
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Old 06-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #7
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I also add peas and diced carrots as well as diced zucchini

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