Pear and Gorgonzola Risotto

Pear and Gorgonzola Risotto


I had been craving gorgonzola cheese for a while. I came across this recipe for a pear and gorgonzola risotto while looking for something to satisfy my craving. This recipe was good for a number of reasons; it had gorgonzola in it, I had a lot of fresh local pears that needed to be used, and because I really like risotto! The last time that I had used pears in a savoury dish the pear flavour was a bit subtle so I made sure to caramelize the pears in butter and sugar to strengthen their flavour. I really enjoyed this risotto. The sweetness of the pear went well with the tangy gorgonzola cheese. I really liked the gorgonzola in the risotto and I will be looking to make more risottos with gorgonzola cheese.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
2 pears (cut into bite sized pieces)
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion (chopped)
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 pound gorgonzola

Directions:
1. Melt the butter in a large sauce pan.
2. Add the pears and sugar and caramelize. Set pears aside.
3. Heat the chicken stock in a pan and keep warm while making the risotto.
4. Melt the butter in the pan from 1.
5. Add the onions and saute until tender.
6. Add the rice and saute until the rice becomes translucent, about 2 minutes.
7. Add the wine and deglaze the bottom of the pot.
8. Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock to the rice and stir until the rice absorbs it. Continue to do this until the rice is cooked al dente, about 20-30 minutes.
9. Add the pear and gorgonzola and stir until the gorgonzola melts.

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19 comments:

Chris said...

Oh my! My mouth watered as I read. Yum, yum! Gorgonzola is great and I never thought of pairing it with pear. I can't wait to try it. Thanks!!

Sara said...

i don't know if i am brave enough to try this, but it looks so lovely.

Andreea said...

ijust know this must have been amazing. perhaps a cheese i should combine wiht polenta?! Hmm...

Pam said...

Kevin, this looks like the ideal combination of sweet and savory. I've been thinking about trying a different risotto every week. I will definitely give this one a try!

Deborah said...

I don't think I've ever tasted the combination of pears and gorgonzola, but I bet they are fabulous together!!

pouletsecret said...

Oh. My. God. I only recently discovered the genius of pear and Gorgonzola, and this recipe is blowing my mind.

I adore your blog.

lanaberry said...

this looks lovely and the idea of gorgonzola and pear together sounds rich and refreshing.

i tried a risotto once, and it turned out well, but haven't tried it again in 4yrs! might be time to give it another whirl! i love your use of fruit in dinner dishes, you do it well!

katiez said...

That's a gorgeous risotto - nice and creamy... luscious... Nice photo, too

tigerfish said...

To tell you the truth, I have not tried cooking with risotto before.

Christy said...

I don't like cheese(can't take it) but I like the pear!:D

Janet said...

Oh wow! I love stinky cheese too... and combined with pears? Heaven!! What a great idea.

Jenn said...

What an amazing combo! I am a big fan of risotto and am always looking for new ways to make it... this may just be it.
Great recipe!

zlamushka said...

I got here through Risotto relay round-up. What a great idea! I am gonna have to try this soon!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

Very interesting. I recently made tart with pears, apples and feta. It came out delicious. I will post recipe soon.

Greetings!! Margot

Simona said...

I have never made risotto with fruit and this sounds like a really nice combination. Thanks!

Beth said...

i just made my first risotto earlier this week. i might have to pick up some gorgonzola soon so i can make this my second!

PixelFish said...

Hey, there, I used your pear and gorgonzola recipe as the basis for my own variation tonight and it turned out swell. (I added leeks, because I like leeks.) Thanks. :)

PS. pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfish/sets/72157608258743405/

edie said...

This looks delish, Kevin. How many does this serve - thinking about making this as one of my side dishes for Thanksgiving

Kevin Lynch said...

edie: This will make about 4-6 side dish sized servings.

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