Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Risotto

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 Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Risotto
 Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Risotto

 

This may look like a weird combination in an unconventional dish but I can assure you that as soon as you taste it, everything will make sense.
 
The strong flavor of gorgonzola cheese will balance the sweetness of the pear making a creamy and delicious risotto.
 
In Tuscan we have a say “Al contadin non far sapere quant’è bono il cacio con le pere” which translates in “Don’t tell the farmer how good it is cheese with pears”.
I don’t really know why we must not tell the farmer but it is an ancient “poor dish” to eat fresh Pecorino cheese with pears. When I was little I used to eat it very often cutting the cheese and the pears in small cubes and mixing them together.
 
Of course since it is a dessert, I could not use fresh Pecorino cheese in the risotto otherwise it would be too sweet, therefore I tried with stronger cheeses that could compensate with the peat’s sweetness.
I tried with Taleggio first and then with Gorgonzola and I think that Gorgonzola wins. But you can try also with different strong cheeses.
 
 Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Risotto

 

Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Risotto
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 150g (3/4 cup) Risotto Rice (Carnaroli)
  2. 1 Pear (Kaiser)
  3. 50g (3 1/2 tbsp) Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese (you can add more, depending on your taste)
  4. 1/2 White Onion
  5. 1/2 glass White Wine
  6. Delicate (or Chicken) Bouillon
  7. EVO Oil
  8. Salt and Pepper
  9. 1 tbsp Butter
  10. 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut the pear in small cubes then quickly fry in a little bit of olive oil just until they start to brown, add a pinch of salt then set aside.
  2. In the same pan drizzle a little bit more of olive oil and toast the rice at medium heat for 1 minute then add the finely chopped onion and cook another 1 minute.
  3. Pour the white wine and let in evaporate completely, then add a couple of ladles of broth and bring the heat to low; add more broth as soon as the rice absorb it.
  4. Stir every once in a while to make sure the rice don't stick to the pan and coo until the rice is al dente (check the rice box for an approximate timing),
  5. When the risotto is nearly ready (at this point there should be almost no liquid), add the Gorgonzola cheese and let it melt; then add the pears with the butter and the Parmesan cheese and turn off the heat.
  6. Mix well so the risotto will become smooth and creamy then add some freshly ground black pepper on top. Serve immediately.
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I'm an Italian girl recently immigrated to the Netherlands with a true passion for food. I love traditional and simple Italian recipes but once in a while I enjoy experiment new ingredients and foreign flavors. This blog is my perfect escape to find happiness in the only place it could be found: THE KITCHEN!

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