Pumpkin risotto paired with a bourbon cocktail
Warm up on chilly autumn nights with this festive pumpkin risotto and warming bourbon cocktail.
This restaurant-inspired pairing would be perfect for entertaining on a cozy fall evening.
Makes 6-8 servings
- 1-1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 medium shallot or 1/2 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups diced cooked pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil and one tablespoon of the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chopped shallot or onion. Saute for two or three minutes or until it is slightly translucent.
- Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil and melted butter. Saute for another minute or so, until there is a slightly nutty aroma. But don't let the rice turn brown.
- Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed.
- Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process. Note: It's important to stir constantly, especially while the hot stock gets absorbed, to prevent scorching, and add the next ladle as soon as the rice is almost dry.
- Continue adding ladles of hot stock and stirring the rice while the liquid is absorbed. As it cooks, you'll see that the rice will take on a creamy consistency as it begins to release its natural starches.
- Continue adding stock, a ladle at a time, for 20-30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy. If you run out of stock and the risotto still isn't done, you can finish the cooking using hot water. Just add the water as you did with the stock, a ladle at a time, stirring while it's absorbed.
- Stir in the remaining two tablespoons butter, the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, the pumpkin, and season to taste with kosher salt.
- Risotto turns glutinous if held for too long, so you should serve it right away. A properly cooked risotto should form a soft, creamy mound on a dinner plate. It shouldn't run across the plate, nor should it be stiff or gluey.
This refreshing, aromatic drink is perfect for a fall evening.
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- Angostura bitters
- Combine ingredients in a shaking tin with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass.
- Garnish with a mint leaf and Angostura bitters.