Fancy Side Dish: Sparkling Wine Risotto

Remember that part in Wayne’s World when Rob Lowe is explaining that Champagne is only from the Champagne region of France? That movie is funny and informative! Well, today recipe is called Sparkling Wine Risotto as I didn’t use real champagne but sparkling wine. I wouldn’t want to make Rob Lowe upset.


Thank you, Rob Lowe.


With the holidays fast approaching, it is time to start thinking menu. There are many recipes for champagne risotto. Two of my favorites are Rachael Ray’s recipe from her Big Orange Cook Book, and Giada DiLaurentis’s recipe with prosciutto. Both are fancy enough for a holiday dinner or fun for a weeknight dinner. Also, the fact that you have to stay nearby the stove is the perfect reason to pour a little bubbly for yourself relax a little.
In my version I add frozen peas at the end, but all risotto is made very similarly in order to get the creamy consistency. So here is my version of champagne sparkling wine risotto.
Sparkling Wine Risotto
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion diced
1 clove of garlic minced
1 cup white arborio rice
1 cup sparkling wine (save the rest for toasting at dinner)
32 oz low sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp fresh thyme
3/4 cup frozen peas
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small sauce pan over medium low heat pour the chicken stock and leave it to simmer.
In a large deep skillet over medium heat add olive oil. When oil is hot add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soften about 3 minutes. Next, add garlic and arborio rice. Stir constantly until the rice starts to toast up a little bit. This should take about one minute.
Add sparkling wine to the mixture, stirring occasionally until evaporated.
Next, add one or two ladles of chicken stock, and stir the mixture occasionally until the stock has been absorbed. Then, add one or two more ladles of stock stirring occasionally. Keep doing this until you have used all the stock.
Turn off heat and stir in thyme, parmesan, peas, salt and pepper.
Serve immediately.
Keep reading this week and next for the Home Everyday Holiday MiniSeries for more ideas on holiday decor, holiday recipes, and last minute gift ideas.

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