The Frost is on the Pumpkin….time for Pumpkin Recipes
The Wilderness Wife’s Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto
It’s Pumpkin recipe time. Officially it’s fall, but to be totally honest, here in the Maine Northwoods it’s felt like fall since Labor Day weekend. We’ve already had three heavy frosts. The first was in the latter part of August. Pumpkins are one of the last vegetables we harvest from our garden because here in the northern tier of the US, the growing season is short and pumpkins grow so slowly.
Risotto, that yummy gourmet comfort food, has intimidated a lot of cooks, including me. After seeing an enraged, cursing Chef Gordon Ramsey throw a sauté pan full of risotto into the garbage while Hell’s Kitchen competitors look on with wide eyed shock, you definitely get the impression that you should be terrified to attempt risotto. Risotto also gets a bad rap because it is very time consuming, needing to be stirred and added to constantly for at least 20 – 25 minutes. What busy Mom has that kind of uninterrupted time on her hands? But if you really think about risotto, and why it needs time and attention, it really lends itself to crock pot cooking. Yes, I know that there are going to be “Risotto purists” who will think that my method is a sacrilege and my reply to them is, “get over it”. Anyone who has had my version of risotto hasn’t complained. I rest my case.
I love cooking with pumpkins and so I have developed my own Pumpkin Risotto, which can add a whole new flavor to Thanksgiving dinner or make any evenings dinner an event.
|Creamy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Risotto|| |
- 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Divided
- ½ Medium Onion, Finely diced
- 1 Clove Garlic, Finely diced
- 1⅔ Cup Arborio Rice
- 1½ c. pumpkin puree or 1 (15 Oz.) Can Pumpkin Puree (Not Pumpkin Pie Filling!)
- ½ tsp. dry sage
- 1 tsp. Dried Rosemary
- 1 (32 Oz.) Carton Chicken Broth
- ½ Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 cups Roast Pumpkin cut into 1 inch cubes
- In a sauté pan, sauté the diced onion in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until almost translucent. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer.
- Use the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to oil the inside of a crock-pot.
- In the crock pot, gently combine the sautéed vegetables with the Arborio Rice. Be sure the rice is coated with olive oil.
- Add pureed pumpkin, herbs and chicken broth and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stir once at the 2 hour mark.
- After 4 hour cooking is completed, stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and roasted pumpkin chunks (For info on roasting pumpkin see directions below). Stir it all together, cover and let sit for another 5 - 10 minutes, then serve and enjoy.
- Instructions for Roasting a Pumpkin -
- Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
- Quarter, seed, and peel the pumpkin.
- Cut into chunky 1" cubes.
- Place pumpkin into a large & sturdy roasting tray.
- Add the olive oil, salt, pepper & cumin - mix well, making sure that all the pumpkin pieces are coated in olive oil.
- Bake in the oven for about 30 to 45 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft & also tinged brown at the edges.
- Serve in chunks or puree in food processor. If liquid is needed, use chicken stock.
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