This better be the most delicious risotto I’ve ever tasted. This was my thought when I annoyingly tossed the 2-pound bag of arborio rice into my grocery cart. Exasperated, I repeated the sentiment when I noticed that the price of this 2-pound bag was $5.99!
For those of you who don’t know, I’m Filipino and have been raised eating jasmine rice. The white sticky rice that literally costs $10 for a 20-pound bag. Jasmine rice was such a staple in our family that my mother bought me a rice cooker and a bag of rice when I first moved into my own apartment. Never mind that I had nowhere to sit or anything to eat the rice with. So, for me, to pay six dollars for a different kind of rice just for one recipe made my blood boil a bit. Hence the statement: This better be the most delicious risotto I’ve ever tasted.
Now, I understand this isn’t traditional risotto, and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by this rice dish. It was creamy and cheesy, just as Dorie promised. And, it had an earthy, hearty flavor from the spinach and sliced mushrooms I added. It wasn’t as garlicky as I expected, but it could have been masked from the additional shredded Gruyere I added on top once the rice was spooned into my serving dish. Having never made “risotto” before, I was quite shocked by the sheer volume of food resulting from only a cup of arborio rice and a bag of wilted spinach. I have plenty of leftovers and will be sharing much of it with my office. I must say that I’m so pleased with this dish that I’ll probably be making it several more times until the 2-pound bag is finished!
To see how other bloggers fared with this “risotto”, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.