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Saturday, August 21, 2010

runner bean blossom and squash blossom risotto


Very few words are needed to describe this risotto - it was stunning, full of mysterious flavors, great tooth feel from the al dente rice, not too creamy but creamy enough, it was a hit!

The rice was toasted a little this time to give it more of a nutty flavor and to help keep its structure throughout all the stirring, risotto is nothing without the stirring, the stirring releases all the starches that create the creaminess. I tossed in the blossoms and some percorino romano for the last few minutes to melt the cheese and bring the flowers up to temperature.

Subtle, potent and delicious is the only way I can describe it, subtle because of the sweet underlying flavors of the flowers but potent due to their releasing their perfumes into the dish and well delicious because it is. Put some flowers in your food and take stopping to smell the roses to a whole new level.

32 comments:

Marjie said...

Well, it's certainly pretty. So, now you stop to eat the roses? Just watch out for the thorns.

Victoria K. said...

Love the idea of putting squash blossoms in risotto :) Very summery!

JillyAn said...

Wow...that is beautiful. You're right..so pretty you don't even need to try to describe it.

Magic of Spice said...

Fantastic... absolutely fantastic :)

FOODalogue said...

I saw those beautiful runner bean blossoms in your previous post. Very creative to combine them with the squash blossoms for a beautiful looking risotto...and I'm sure it was tasty too!

♥peachkins♥ said...

stunning photos!

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Anette said...

I got kind of inspired, and made kind of a risotto with red rice. It was a bit wilder looking than yours, like a devil risotto! Yum!

Diana H said...

I have squash, and they have blossoms. But if I cook them, they won't turn into squash. What a dilemma. Risotto is one of my favorites, nice combination.

Kim @ Two Good Cookies said...

I've never made risotto...I think that needs to change!

Heff said...

Your food is TOO attractive to eat, lol !

Looks great, and my smackdown post will be UP on schedule Monday !

teresa said...

so pretty! you could practically use this as a centerpiece!

Angie's Recipes said...

This looks so pretty! The addition of veggie blossom makes the risotto look so gourmet!

Pacheco Patty said...

What a pretty risotto, the squash blossoms are a great idea and nice to serve for a special meal, when you want to show off a little bit, hey why not:-)

Cynthia said...

The versatility of risotto makes it so easy to love. So attractive!

Tangled Noodle said...

I haven't managed to use squash blossoms yet and now you've introduced runner bean blossoms! What a beautiful color they add to this risotto. I love rice already, but CREAMY rice just sends me over the edge.

Cooking Gallery said...

I have never eaten risotto in my life, because I always feel that I wouldn't like it - I don't like mushy rice. But I guess it's also a matter of getting used to it, just like what you said in your previous post...!

Jessica said...

Beautiful risotto. I love the idea of adding flowers to food. It always offers a surprise to guests when they find out what's in it. Surprise, but delight as well. Thanks for sharing!

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Heff said...

Hey ! No "Battle Sandwich" post today ???


I'M UP !!

Heff said...

Could I possibly win by DEFAULT ?? LOl !!

doggybloggy said...

Heff they are DUE today(by midnight) - I am doing the compilation and winner announcement tomorrow - entries are still rolling in....

LaDivaCucina said...

Hey Doggy "Risotto" Bloggy! I am UP WITH MY SAMMIE ENTRY! I will email you recipe and photo (that's what you wanted, isn't it?)

Am really diggin' all the flower-lovin' dishes you've been making and that last one is so colorful! Are the flowers very flavorful? Do they taste like beans at all? Or are they "flower-y?"

LaDivaCucina said...

To Cooking Gallery: Risotto is not mushy rice. I would suggest you try it!

Juliana said...

Wow, love the colors of this risotto...so pretty and must taste delicious with all the blossoms in it :-)

Marjie said...

Did I need to email you my sandwich, or was the link enough?

Floridacracker said...

I'm up at my food blog, Purefloridafood.

http://purefloridafood.blogspot.com/2010/08/bison-battle-sandwich-smackdown-entry.html

Thanks for hosting!

Karl said...

Good afternoon Doggybloggy,

Heff is right. You make some of the prettiest food, I've ever seen.

I'm up, for the Smackdown.

intuitive eggplant said...

My Sandwich Smackdown entry is up at:

http://eggplanttogo.blogspot.com/2010/08/culinary-smackdown-battle-sandwich.html

Looking forward to everyone's entries!
eggy

Grumpy Granny said...

My entry is up! Whoo-hoo, my first smackdown!

http://grumpygranny.wordpress.com/2010/08/23/battle-sandwich-south-meets-southwest-in-one-kitchen/

The Lonely Radish said...

This would be great with some Rancho Gordo beans.

Speakeasy Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous risotto! Must be so fragrant too!

Jamie said...

Oh my! I am the Risotto Queen this side of the Atlantic and I love me a fab risotto and this is definitely one. Great flavors, perfect dish!

Anonymous said...

Your food is so exotic. I love it Christo....- Chichi

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