Corn and Zucchini Risotto for Summer

By Miri Levitas

Published July 16, 2009.
  • Print
  • Share Share

I know we are in the season of fasts for many Jews but here is a simple (yet a bit time consuming) recipe that tastes great! We have been getting quite a bit of zucchini in our CSA box. I even made a healthier version of this (the one without the pineapple) zucchini bread using this recipe. If you’d like the modified version please post in the comments section and I will get back to you.

JCarrot

Now, I do like zucchini but when it is cooked and mushy it grosses me out a little bit (I have some food texture issues which involve a real dislike of baked/mushy fruits and vegetables). So, in this recipe I added the veggies at almost the very end of cooking. If you’d like them cooked a bit more you can add them earlier.

As I mentioned in a previous post, risotto has been a long-time family meal and holds a special place in my heart. One of the reasons I love risotto is that it is so versatile. I know many people are intimidated by risotto but this is totally unfounded. The trick to good risotto is making sure there is always enough liquid in the pan. You never want the risotto to be so dry that it sticks to the bottom of the pan. So really the trick might just be attentiveness.

Like my previous risotto post, this recipe isn’t Kosher the way I made it. However, it is very easy to make it Kosher. You can use vegetable broth or some sort of chicken-flavored bouillon for the depth of flavor that chicken broth gives you. I would not eliminate the dairy in this recipe. You just can’t have good risotto without Parmesan cheese. I hope you enjoy this summer risotto!

2 Tbsp good quality olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped

2 cups arborio rice

1/2 cup dry white wine

About 6 cups homemade chicken stock (or your pareve substitute)

Corn from 1-2 fresh cobs (depending on the veggie to rice ratio you’d like)

1 large or two medium zucchinis cubed

3/4 cup parmesan cheese plus more for table

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Sautee garlic in olive oil in large sautee pan until soft but not brown. Add arborio rice and saute for a minute, stirring so rice doesn’t stick to pan. Add white wine and stir to combine. Now comes the fun/attentive/repetitive part…

When the rice has absorbed all of the wine add 1/2 cup chicken stock (or substitute). Stir to combine. When the rice has absorbed that liquid, add another 1/2 cup. Repeat until rice is cooked al dente. This could take a while!

When rice is just about cooked add corn and zucchini. Stir to combine. Cook a few minutes to heat the veggies. Add Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

Don’t fret if you have left overs – day old (or two day old) risotto is great! I recommend adding a bit of water when reheating.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
  • Backstreet's...not back.
  • Before there was 'Homeland,' there was 'Prisoners of War.' And before there was Claire Danes, there was Adi Ezroni. Share this with 'Homeland' fans!
  • BREAKING: Was an Israeli soldier just kidnapped in Gaza? Hamas' military wing says yes.
  • What's a "telegenically dead" Palestinian?
  • 13 Israeli soldiers die in Gaza — the deadliest day for the IDF in decades. So much for 'precision' strikes and easy exit strategies.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.