I’ve had this idea for a risotto with dill and goat cheese to yield a dish with a rich and creamy texture like a normal risotto, but with a tangy, less heavy flavor. This is one of the best things about risotto in my opinion – it’s one of those kitchen sink dishes that can be modified in pretty much any way. A blank canvas! We’ve gone several different ways with risotto on the blog before – Risotto Recipes! This is the most in depth dish I’ve made since the baby was born. Baby-wearing is life-saving, let me tell you! Makes chopping a little awkward, but we’re getting it done! I personally think this recipe is better as a side dish than an entree. The flavors are pretty bold to eat a heaping serving and there’s also the lack of vegetables or protein in the dish. Side note, the color of my risotto is due to the richly colored vegetable stock that we use, not an additional secret ingredient it looks like we might have left off the ingredient list.
Dill & Goat Cheese Risotto
- 3 tbsp butter, divided
- 1 large onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 4+ cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 6oz goat cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
- Salt & pepper
- Place 2 tbsp butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once melted, add the onions to the pan. Season with 1/2 tsp of salt and a few turns of black pepper. Stir to coat in the butter and then cover and sweat for 3 minutes.
- Remove the lid and add the garlic. Cook another 6-8 minutes. Garlic and onions should be soft and fragrant.
- Pour the arborio rice in with the onions and garlic. Toast for just 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally so the rice doesn’t burn.
- Meanwhile, heat the stock. You can either keep the stock in a small pot on low on an adjacent burner or microwave it.
- Now add the wine. Lower heat of the burner to medium-low
- . Cook stirring almost continuously, until all of the wine has been absorbed by the rice.
- Now add the warm stock, one ladle-full at a time. Continue stirring until all the stock is absorbed. Repeat this pattern until the rice is softened, but still slightly al dente. [This will take at least 30-45 minutes.]
- Add the goat cheese and stir in thoroughly.
- Continue adding ladles of stock until rice is fully cooked. With the last ladle-full, add the dill and remaining tablespoon of butter. Remove from heat and stir until well-combined.
- Season with additional salt and pepper as desired.