Thursday, February 11, 2010

Granny Smith Apple Risotto

Apples and parmesan cheese may sound like an odd combination, but the flavors in the savory risotto will convince you otherwise.   We vegetarianized Mario Batali's recipe and added more cheese (can you ever have enough parmesan?), but otherwise remained true to the original.  We still have lots of Italian parsley in the garden which is loaded with flavor.  If you use store-bought parsley (which in our experience is quite bland), you may want to double the quantity for this recipe.

Granny Smith Apple Risotto
adapted from Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food


4 -5            cups       vegetable stock, warmed up
4                 Tbs        butter
2                 Tbs        olive oil
1                               red onion, diced
2                               Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2                cups        arborio rice
1                cup          dry white wine
3/4             cup          parmesan, grated
1/4             cup          Italian parsley, chopped
                                  sea salt and black pepper to taste

  1. Saute onion in 2 Tbs butter and 2 Tbs olive oil over medium heat until just soft.
  2. Add apples and rice and simmer 4 minutes.
  3. Add wine and simmer until wine evaporates.
  4. Add enough warm stock to cover the rice and simmer until the liquid goes below the top of the rice.  Keep adding stock and cooking until most of the stock has been absorbed, about 18 minutes.  Stir frequently to prevent sticking.  Rice should be tender but not mushy.
  5. Add 2 Tbs butter, 1/2 cup cheese and parsley and combine well.  Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and fresh apple slices.


  1. I love using apples in savoury dishes, so this sounds like an absolutely wonderful combination. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. A risotto with apple sounds just lovely!

  3. this looks so divine! I love cooking with arborio rice, it has such a wonderful texture and taste!

  4. Perfect! I have some risotto rice, a Granny Smith apple in the fridge, I am set!

  5. Very creative recipe! Thanks for 'vegetarianising' it for me :)

  6. ... vegetarianising it for me and yourselves of course! There is enough left for me, right? :p

  7. Very interesting! Granny smiths are pretty tart I guess, so I can totally see this working. Would love to try it.

  8. Happy Valentine's Day! I'll have to try this risotto recipe, it looks interesting!

  9. Fabulous combination of flavors, and unexpected with a risotto dish!
    On my way to this post I glanced at the Apple Fritters, and looked away fast...they look dangerously good!

  10. They are absolutely gorgeous. Never thought of adding apples to a risotto dish.


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