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Delicious Dish: Butternut Squash Risotto and Chicken Apple Sausage

November 11th, 2010

Apparently I’m in the cooking mood.  Not that I’m going to be busting out a pan anytime soon, but eventually I’ll fire up the stove again.  And by that time, I’ll have collected quite the cookbook on MTM.

This delectable combo I found on ProFashional.  Enjoy!

Butternut squash Risotto

You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. butter (don’t skimp on this, as you will need enough to coat the rice)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/3 c. dry white wine
  • 1 large container (48 oz.) reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock (chicken is more flavorful)
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1/2 to 3/4 c. finely grated fresh parmesan
  • 3-4 links chicken apple sausage, sliced (we use Amy’s Chicken Apple and Gouda)
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh sage

First, prep and roast the squash:

You will probably not need all of the squash, so save some for a side dish on another night.

Preheat oven to 400.  Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds.  Peel one half and cut it into 1 inch cubes.  Toss the cubes with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Brush the remaining half with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place the squash half and the cubes on a baking sheet lined with foil (this makes for WAY easier clean up).  Roast for about 25 minutes or until the cubes are knife tender.  Scoop the cubes into a bowl and set aside. 

Roast the squash half for about another 20 minutes until soft.  Once the squash half is cool enough to handle, peel the half and cut the squash into chunks (it will be very soft and falling apart).  Set aside.

Next, start your risotto:

Put the stock in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Once hot, reduce heat to low and keep the stock warm.

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat.  When the butter foams, add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes, until translucent.  Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter.

Add the wine to the pan.  Stir constantly until the wine is completely absorbed.

Begin adding the stock, about a ladle and a half at a time (just enough to cover the rice).  Stir frequently until absorbed.  When the stock is absorbed, add more.  Continue this process until the rice is creamy and tender, but still has a bit of bite.  This part takes 25 minutes, give or take.  It takes awhile for the risotto to get softer, but once it goes, it goes pretty quickly. 

Around the 17-18 minute mark, add the sausage slices.  Around the 20 minute mark, add the squash cubes.

When the risotto is done, add the chunked squash half and stir in the parmesan.  Add pepper to taste (and, if necessary, a little salt).  The softer squash half will melt into the risotto and add some creaminess and thickness.  Add a little broth or water if it gets too thick.  Sprinkle the chopped sage over the finished risotto.

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