Caramelized Shallot Risotto
Serves as a Holiday Side Dish or a Regular Main
Raw shallots start out crisp and pungent, but when you roast them in the oven they become meltingly tender and sweet. In this recipe, they’re tucked into a risotto, adding surprise bursts of flavor between the creamy grains. And for an elegant finish, you’ve got zucchini ribbons, which top the rice like a green veggie crown. It’ll be impressive as a side dish at Thanksgiving, serving 6-8, but also perfect for enjoying as a meal for two any night of the week.
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and quarter shallots, then place on a large piece of aluminum foil. Lift sides of foil and crimp to make a bowl. Toss in vinegar, a drizzle of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Roast until shallots are soft and browned, 15-20 minutes.
Wash and dry all produce. Bring 3 cups water and stock concentrates to a gentle simmer in a small pot. Mince or grate garlic. Halve lemon. Using a vegetable peeler, shave zucchini into ribbons, running blade down the length. Stop shaving once you get to the seedy core. Finely chop core.
Melt 1 TBSP butter in a large, tall-sided pan or medium pot over medium heat. Add garlic and zucchini core. Cook, tossing, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring, until grains are translucent, 1-2 minutes.
Add stock to pan ½ cup at a time, stirring after each addition. Allow rice to absorb most of stock before adding more. Continue until grains are al dente and creamy, 25-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
While risotto cooks, heat a drizzle of olive oil in another large pan over medium heat. Add zucchini ribbons. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until tender and softened, about 5 minutes. Add a squeeze of lemon and toss.
Stir shallots and Parmesan into risotto. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer risotto to a serving dish (or serve straight from the pan). Top with zucchini ribbons and let everyone help themselves.