2 firm Bosc pears, peeled, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
How to Make It
Bring first 3 ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots, thyme, and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add broth mixture, 3/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in salt and pepper.
Heat remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add pears; sauté 4 minutes. Serve pears over risotto; sprinkle with cheese, nuts, and parsley.
Not impressed. The rice took almost an hour to cook, and the overall flavor was rather bland, despite mixing the cheese into the risotto instead of crumbling it on top. If I were to make this again I would use a white wine, as the red gave the dish an unappetizing appearance.
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