You were warned… another asparagus recipe on the way.
This does end up being similar to risotto with much less stirring and much more time to read a book or something. I used a combination of Cheddar and Parmesan so it wouldn’t end up like Cheddar Cheese Risotto with asparagus added.
Very tasty and sure to end up in my regular rotation of springtime asparagus recipes.
This is what happened.
Got the asparagus.
Cut the ends from the asparagus.
Sliced the remaining asparagus into pieces.
Started to cook the rice.
Added some wine.
After a moment, added the stock…
and brought that to a boil.
While the rice was cooking, got some garlic and a shallot.
Finely chopped the shallots.
And finely chopped the garlic.
There was also time to get the scallions (or, in this case, chives) ready.
Finely chopped the chives.
Grated the cheese.
Then moved on to getting the asparagus ready for the dish.
Cooked the asparagus pieces, then scooped them out of the water.
Cooked the asparagus tips too.
Melted the butter then added the shallots and garlic (loved the part about using just one pan for all this!).
Added the asparagus to the translucent shallots and garlic.
The rice is cooked.
Added the cheese.
Then added the asparagus-shallot-garlic mixture.
Got some of the chives into the mix too.
Garnished with the asparagus tips and some more chives and served the dish.
Cheesy Rice with Asparagus.
Dorie Greenspan’s Cheesy Rice With Asparagus
8 to 10 first-course servings or 4 main-course servings
Although this rice may remind you of risotto, it’s actually a cross between a pilaf and boiled rice ordinaire. The last-minute additions of cream and cheese give it the lush texture we love in risotto, without the 30 minutes of stirring.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup arborio or other round rice typically used for risotto
1/4 cup dry white wine
3-1/2 cups no-salt-added vegetable broth (may substitute no-salt-added chicken broth)
1 pound medium-thickness asparagus (about 20), trimmed and peeled
Fine sea salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large shallot, trimmed, finely chopped, rinsed in cold water and patted dry
2 cloves garlic, trimmed and green germ removed, finely chopped
2 ounces (about 2/3 cup) shredded or grated cheese, such as pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, sharp cheddar or a combination
1/4 cup heavy cream
3 large scallions (trimmed), white and light-green parts only, thinly sliced
Handful of fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, chives and/or cilantro, finely chopped
Freshly ground pepper (white or black)
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the rice and cook, stirring, just until it’s glossy. Pour in the wine and cook, stirring, until it has almost evaporated. Add the broth, bring to a boil, stir and cover the pan. Adjust the heat to medium-low so the liquid is barely bubbling; cook undisturbed for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is al dente and only a shallow layer of broth remains above the rice. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to finish cooking. When it’s properly cooked, there will still be liquid in the pan.
Meanwhile, cut off the asparagus tips (about 2 inches) and reserve; cut the remaining asparagus crosswise into small pieces.
Bring a small saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat. Drop in the asparagus pieces; cook for 2 minutes; they should still be firm. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and reserve. Drop in the asparagus tips; cook for 2 minutes, then drain and pat dry.
Wipe out the same saucepan, place it over medium-low heat and add the butter. Once the butter has melted, toss in the shallot and garlic; cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes or until translucent. Stir in the cooled asparagus pieces, then remove from the heat.
Warm the rice (in its saucepan) over low heat. Stir in the cheese and heavy cream, heating and stirring gently until the cheese melts. Gently stir in the shallot-and-asparagus mixture, scallions and herbs. Season lightly with salt and a generous amount of pepper.
Serve right away, with the reserved asparagus tips alongside, on top or mixed in.