Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cauliflower Risotto with Roasted Shrimp

My crew loves risotto. It's so rich, so we usually only have it a few times a year. I have been subbing cauliflower for rice in many recipes and thought maybe I could do it with the risotto. I found this recipe online and made a few tweaks. It was a hit in our house!
1 medium onion (chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 large head of cauliflower (riced or chopped into 1/4" pieces)
1/4 cup +1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream (or half & half)
Zest of one lemon, plus 1 TBSP juice
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1lb peeled & deveined shrimp (lay on baking sheet & toss with EVOO and salt & pepper)
1 bunch asparagus (trimmed and chopped into bite size pieces)

1. Rice or chop your cauliflower. I found this tip online a while ago and it has helped me. Wrap your head of cauliflower in a kitchen towel and hit it on the counter a few times. It helps to break it up and make it easier to chop or put in the food processor. I remove some of the large stems. Not sure about you,but when I try to chop a cauliflower it's pretty disastrous. There are little white pieces everywhere! This method has helped me.

2. Heat the oil in a high sided pan and add the onion. Season with salt & pepper.
3. Cook until softened (4-5 mins) and then add the cauliflower. Season with salt & pepper.
4. Cook 2-3 minutes and add the garlic and 1/4 cup of stock, stirring until liquid is evaporated.
5. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of stock and the cream.Bring to a simmer. Cook about 8-10 minutes or until the cauliflower is softened.
6. During step 5, roast your shrimp at 425 degrees for 6-8 minutes and steam the asparagus.
7. Once cauliflower is softened, remove from heat and add the parmesan, zest, juice,and salt & pepper to taste.
8. Add the asparagus to the cauliflower mixture and toss. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the roasted shrimp and a sprinkle of the cheese.

It's a very versatile dish... you could use just the risotto as a side or toss with steamed broccoli. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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