Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pear Gorgonzola Risotto

The other day I saw a recipe for flatbread with carmelized leeks, pears and blue cheese. The flavor combination was definately one I wanted to try, I just didn't want even half a flatbread for myself since I didn't think it would reheat very well. The ingredients ran around in my head, then one night before I fell asleep I settled on risotto! Turns out the idea is not that unique, but it was delightful nonetheless! Mine differed slightly, so here's what I did...

with some chicken sausage

Pear Gorgonzola Risotto
Recipe by Shannon



1T EVOO
1 medium leek, cut (half-moon shaped) and cleaned
1/2c arborio rice
2T white wine (the last of a bottle, I keep the small ones on hand for cooking, optional)
~2c stock, warmed
~1/3c gorgonzola
1 bosc pear, chopped (I left the skin on)

In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add leeks and cook until nice and softened, but not browned. Add wine if using, stir and let rice absorb the liquid. Add stock, ~1/2c at a time, stir, then wait until liquid absorb. Once the rice is tender and no longer taking up liquid, stir in the gorgonzola and pear, and serve! I turned off the heat and left it on the burner for a little bit to allow the flavors to incorporate a bit more.

32 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Sounds sensational!!

Erica said...

Looks great. I really love risotto and am always looking for new varieties.

Esi said...

Sounds like a good combo. I need to come up with a new risotto idea, too.

Reeni♥ said...

Love the flavors! So delicious!!

Sara said...

This looks great. There's a restaurant by me that makes a pear and blue cheese pizza, as well as a pear and brie quesadilla.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I have never made risotto. Not quiet sure why as it looks delicious! Well, at least your's does. Thanks for sharing!

Meghann said...

OMG that looks great! Yum!

Gina said...

that looks SCRUMPTIOUS!
oooh you have no idea how excited i am to see what you made!

Lisa said...

Great flavors.

healthy ashley said...

Oooh!I need to try making risotto. By the way (I knew you'd be the one who could answer this!)- are lentils supposed to smell HORRIBLE!? Please help me because as mine were cooking I had to open all windows and buy air freshener! EWWW!

Pumpkin said...

I love the pear/gorgonzola/carmelized onion (leek) combo. I like it on salads, I like it on pizza and I'm sure I'd love it in risotto! Some toasted walnuts go well, too.

I love to make risotto, because there are almost infinate variations.(Plus it's always so creamy and comforting!)

eatingbender said...

Hey, it's unique to me! I've had pear gorgonzola pizza before and absolutely loved it, so I'm pretty sure I'd love this!

ttfn300 said...

healthy ashley- hmm, i've only made them a handful of times, and i don't seem to recall any bad smells... so that's not too helpful :(

pumpkin- ooh, toasted walnuts! that would've totally worked here, next time :)

healthy ashley said...

ttfn- Thanks for the info. Mine were sitting in the cabinet (dry) for about 6 months and then I think I soaked them for too long (36 hours), when I don't think they have to be soaked at all. Either way, the smell is rancid, so I'm tossing them!

ashley (sweetandnatural) said...

I LOVE this! Fruits like pear and apple plus blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese is one of my favorite pairings.

Mrs. LC said...

sounds wonderful!!

biz319 said...

My MIL makes the best risotto - like your combo though!

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

wow this looks amazing! so creative

Kelly turner
www.everygymsnightmare.com

seejessrun said...

Great risotto combo. I keep the mini white wines on hand for "cooking" too. :)

Dawn said...

I love this combo! And the sausage looks good too.
Are you staying warm in this artic blast? Gets worse tomorrow.

Kevin said...

Looks great! I really enjoyed that risotto. The sweet pear went really well with the savoury gorgonzola.

HangryPants said...

Well it has blue cheese so that's good enough for me. :D

I saw your comment on my blog about Ellie Krieger. Have you ever made her chocolate pie? I always want to try it. Or the banana cream pie? I love the carrot cupcakes.

eatingbender said...

Hey Shannon! I wanted to answer the questions you posted on my blog the last couple of days.

1) I'm not following the P90X meal plan exactly, but I am following their advice of incorporating a little more protein in my diet. I realized as I looked over their chart which portions out protein, fruits, veggies, etc. that I was a little lacking when it came to protein and veggies and had an overabundance of fruit and grains, so I'm just trying to balance them out and I'll see where it gets me :o)

2) There's a little bit of jumping up and down, especially during the warm up because we do jumping jacks a lot. But I'd say that overall it's minimal and you could probably get by with doing it without annoying your neighbors!

Caitlin said...

cheese + pear = heaven!

i missed you!!

Rachel said...

I love any kind of risotto and that sounds wonderful!

alexandra's kitchen said...

i think that sounds very unique! pear and gorgonzola are classic, but i've never thought to put them in risotto. that and the flatbread sound fabulous.

HeatherBakes said...

Risotto is my favorite dish to cook, and I LOVE pear and gorgonzola together... sounds like a winner :)

Sagan said...

Ooh I like the sound of that. Unusual combination of flavors that would taste great together!

lauren said...

anything that includes gorgonzola is a winner in my book. looks great!

5 Star Foodie said...

It's my first time on your blog and this recipe just caught my undivided attention. I just love the combination of pear and gorgonzola and this risotto sounds wonderful!

EAT! said...

I love cheese and fruit combinations. Gorgonzola and pear is a favorite. I will be giving your recipe a try.

Dazy said...

I'm making this for dinner tonight. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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