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Quinoa and Onion Risotto with Crème Fraîche and Hazelnuts
A powdery phytochemical called saponin covers quinoa. Rubbing and rinsing the grain rids it of that bitter coating. Serve this nutty side dish as an accompaniment to peppercorn-crusted pork tenderloin or ham.
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- Calories: 245
- Calories from fat: 29%
- Fat: 8g
- Saturated fat: 2.5g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.5g
- Protein: 7.3g
- Carbohydrate: 37.4g
- Fiber: 4.3g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
- Iron: 4.3mg
- Sodium: 413mg
- Calcium: 61mg
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa
- 6 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped Oso Sweet or other sweet onion
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
- 3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts, toasted
- Place quinoa in a fine sieve; place sieve in a large bowl. Cover quinoa with water. Using your hands, rub grains together for 30 seconds; rinse and drain. Repeat procedure twice. Drain well.
- Combine 6 cups water, salt, thyme, and bay leaf in a large saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook 5 minutes; discard thyme and bay leaf. Keep warm over low heat.
- Melt butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add quinoa; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add warm seasoned water, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring frequently until each portion of warm seasoned water is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in vinegar. Spoon 2/3 cup risotto into each of 6 small bowls or plates; top each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons crème fraîche. Sprinkle each serving with 1 1/2 teaspoons hazelnuts.
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