December weather in Atlanta has been odd. Well, odder than usual. The first part of the month was quite warm. It felt like spring. One day nearly reached 80 degrees. Then it turned cold, back to warm, and back cold again. I was flip-flopping between craving fresh berries and comfort food. What to do? Combine the two with Strawberry Risotto.
Where to get fresh strawberries in Georgia in winter? Luckily it just so happens to be prime season for Florida strawberries. All I have to do is go to my local grocery store. There I will find berries picked from Florida Strawberry Growers Association farms in the produce section.
Strawberry Risotto is a savory dish. It may not sound that way. Yet anything made with onion, garlic, pepper, wine, vegetable broth, and olive oil has to be savory. It is a classic Italian dish called Risotto alle Fragole and served as either a first or main course.
Strawberries are a great source of nutrition. The vitamin C in them is especially great in winter. It’s a good thing to have anti-oxidants in your system to fight off colds and flu. Only eight medium strawberries can provide the daily requirement. For more strawberry nutrition information go here: 10 Reasons To Eat Strawberries.
Real risotto takes time and effort. Be ready to stand and stir for a while. The type of rice to use in critical. You need arborio or carnaroli as both are short grain and have a natural starch. Stirring releases the starch and is what makes it creamy. Once you have tasted real risotto you will know the difference. Everything else, all the cheater methods, are only rice with sauce.
Keeping up with the latest on Florida Strawberries is easy! All you have to do is follow them and Strawberry Sue on social media plus visit their websites:
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- Florida Strawberry Growers Association on Instagram
- Florida Strawberry Growers Association on Pinterest
- Florida Strawberry Growers Association Website
- Strawberry Sue on YouTube
- Strawberry Sue on Twitter
- Strawberry Sue Website
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How about more strawberry recipes? Oh yes! All you have to do is scroll down to find a list of them. The Sunday Supper Movement is proud to partner with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to share some summer sunshine in the dead of winter. You can also bring in a little cheers by making either a Strawberry Martini or German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle).
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- ¾ cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 cup uncooked arborio or carnaroli rice
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, simmering (warm before starting risotto)
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (parmigiano-reggiano recommended)
- 1½ cups chopped fresh strawberries
- Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy bottom sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add onion and cook until softened and opaque, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and pepper, stir, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add rice and stir to combine. Continue stirring and cooking until the edges of the rice are translucent and the center is still opaque, about 2 minutes.
- Add wine and stir to combine. Cook until the rice absorbs the wine, stirring constantly.
- Add warm broth, a ladle at a time, stirring after each addition and constantly stirring while cooking. Wait to add each ladle of broth until the rice has almost soaked up the last addition.
- Test the rice after you have added about 3 cups of broth to see if it is done. It should be al dente, with just a bit of chew to it and not completely soft or mushy.
- Note the risotto will not taste fully seasoned at this point. It will get saltiness from the parmesan cheese.
- The risotto is ready when it is similar to a thick porridge and has a creamy consistency.
- Add one more ladle of broth, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and keep stirring until butter and cheese has melted.
- Gently stir in strawberries. Serve immediately.
Do you want to enjoy summer freshness in winter? Take a look at these savory strawberry recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:
Strawberries for Starters
- Crispy Strawberry and Brie Bites by Ruffles & Truffles
- Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Flatbread by The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Basil Goat Cheese Ball by Take A Bite Out of Boca
Strawberries for Breakfast
- Creamy Strawberry Chia Seed Avocado Smoothie by An Appealing Plan
- Fresh Strawberry Breakfast Parfait by The Freshman Cook
- Strawberry Balsamic Frittata by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Strawberry Bread by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Breakfast Cake by Recipe for Perfection
- Strawberry French Toast Kabobs by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Guacamole & Bacon Toast by I’m Not the Nanny
Strawberries for Lunch
- Strawberry-Poppyseed Chicken Salad Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
- Venison Street Tacos by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Strawberry Brie Flatbread Salad by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Caprese Salad by Life Tastes Good
Strawberries for Dinner
- Balsamic Pork Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Healthy One Pot Chicken Strawberry Paella by Food Done Light
- Pecan Chicken with Strawberry Chipotle Salsa by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Quinoa with Salmon and Strawberries by Cooking Chat
- Strawberry BBQ Meatballs by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Risotto by Magnolia Days
Plus don’t miss Delicious Strawberry Ideas and Sweet Recipes by Sunday Supper Movement
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.