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In Honor of a Healthy St. Patrick's Day--Irish Oatmeal Risotto

March 16, 2012

I was watching the Today Show this morning and was intrigued with an Irish meal that was being presented on the show. I was particularly intrigued with the risotto recipe...the chef makes it with steel cut oats! Innovative and very healthy. Here is the recipe-

Recipe: Irish oatmeal risotto

  • 2 tbsp rapeseed (canola) oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 scallions, sliced, including green
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • Zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups pin head (steel cut) oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 6 1/3 cups chicken stock, heated to simmering
  • 1/3 Desmond cheese (if not available, use Parmesan), freshly grated
Heat a large heavy saucepan and add the oil and butter. When the butter is foaming, turn the heat to low, add the scallions, thyme and grated carrot and cook for 4 minutes until beginning to soften. Add the garlic and oatmeal, and cook for a few minutes. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and add the stock a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly until each ladleful is absorbed. The oatmeal should be creamy but firm to the bite. Remove from heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and orange zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serving Size
Serves 4.

Looks good, doesn't it? The entire meal also included -

Fillet of beef with whiskey glaze sauce and

Sautéed garlic spinach puree


Can't wait to try it. Enjoy your weekend...and Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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