Easy Red Beet Risotto Recipe
Beet risotto; It’s a labor of love for sure, but oh so worthy. Making risotto is not a hands off dish at all. It requires you to “babysit” the rice with constant stirring as it cooks. But if you are tired of the same old same old bland white rice, this classic Italian dish is an alternative you are sure to enjoy. In this recipe we have added the sweet earthy flavor of beets that create a flavor profile that is both unique and wonderful. Not only does this risotto taste delicious it makes for a stunningly elegant, vibrant presentation for entertaining. The vivid color is eye catching to say the least.
The preparation of Risotto
The use of Arborrio rice to make this beet risotto is a must. Arborrio rice is starchier than regular white rice. The extra starch is what helps create the creamy texture that risotto is commonly known to have. As I mentioned above, risotto takes time to cook as the slow integration of liquids and the constant stirring is what creates the delicate creamy texture. The rice itself is supposed to have a very slight crunch, so it is recommended that you cook it al-dente. I personally do not like crunchy rice so I cook my own risotto a little longer. If at any time you feel the rice is too thick you can add a little extra water to loosen it up and if it is too loose just cook it a little longer. This aspect is really just personal preference.
We do not need any more reasons to eat beets, but more ways to get them in our diets is always a good thing. This beet risotto is just one more way to enjoy the deliciousness of beets. I am sure by now we all know that beets can help lower blood pressure, infuse your brain power, keep your system regular and boost your energy levels. Let us not forget to mention just how delicious beets actually are. How many more reasons do we need to eat more of them?
The Healthy Beet
As a snap shot, beets are a rich source of folate, copper, potassium, manganese, fiber, vitamin C and Iron. There are numerous nutritional benefits to be had from eating more beets. For more information on the health benefits of beets see my post on a sweet potato and beet galette, which is just one more way to get more beets in your diet. Stay tuned for my upcoming recipe for a delicious beet juice recipe.
“Breath Properly, Stay Curious, and Always Eat Your Beets!”
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume