I am so, so excited about this recipe. I haven’t been this excited about a recipe since I discovered cilantro lime pesto. I am continually learning about food, and it is so fun, especially when I find ways to healthify recipes!
Risotto. I was introduced to risotto on my birthday. My family wanted to take me to Olive Garden for the celebration; my kids LOVE the Olive Garden, by the way. I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t be able to find something I could eat that wouldn’t make me regret my choice the next day, but I found something. Fire-Grilled Citrus Shrimp & Risotto. The risotto had an amazing combination of flavors. I even was able to keep myself from gorging so I could enjoy the leftovers the next day, too.
Then for our anniversary the following month, my husband and I stayed in downtown Seattle a few nights, and I got a different type of risotto each night. I had also had it at a potluck two days before we left. Then we came home, and I made it for the first time, and had leftovers the next night. So in six days, I had it five times in four different ways, all wonderful.
When I first made it, I did it the hard, long, traditional way where you hover over the stove, and stir, stir and stir some more. Being the crock-pot lover that I am, I was wondering if a dish like this could be made slow cooker style. The answer was a resounding YES!! This recipe may cause some of my friends to think less of me because I am using the blessed crock-pot to create a traditionally stove-top-made dish, but I’ll call this efficient thinking and not being lazy!
Although this recipe is inspired by the Olive Garden Fire-Grilled Citrus Shrimp & Risotto, I can’t say it is a copycat recipe. I researched and found a few crock-pot risotto recipes and sauce recipes, and I cut, pasted & modified different ideas to create this new dish. My biggest inspirations were A Year of Slow Cooking, and Martha Stewart.
The Verdict: I am in love with this recipe!! Plus it’s such a time saver, using the crock-pot, since you don’t have to stand over the hot stove continually stirring (or having my daughter do it:). So I have found a more efficient, yet still, tasty way to have a risotto. **Pics updated 4/15.
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