Risotto Perfecto!

There are many kinds of delicious risotto recipes out there, but this one is fabulous fall-time fare. Not your typical risotto with mushrooms, chicken or cheeses, this unique combination of fall favorites will be sure to please your palate! With fresh, crisp apples, sweet onions and maple sausage, topped with Parmesan cheese, you get a nice sweet yet savory blend of comfort food delight! Trust me on this one……I know it sounds strange, but as picky an eater as my husband is, even HE raves about this dish. Just like typical risotto dishes, this one requires some time, and a lot of armwork, but as the scent of this meal fills the house, you won’t be able to wait to dig into this dish! And it’s addictive! Its so yummy its hard to resist! So take a chance and give your tastebuds an experience they’ll appreciate this fall! Enjoy! 🙂

Apple Sausage Risotto (Printable Version)

Ingredients:

• 3 1/2 cups (reduced-sodium) chicken broth

• 8 ounces Jimmy Dean sausage (maple flavored)

• 1 small sweet onion, diced

• 2 medium or 1 large crisp apples, peeled, cored and diced

• 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice

• 1 cup warm apple cider/juice

• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat the chicken broth just until it comes to a boil in the microwave or on the stovetop. While the chicken broth is heating, in a pot over medium-high heat, add the sausage, breaking it up with a spoon (cook like ground beef!) Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring, until the sausage starts to brown. Add the onion and apples and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they soften and start to take on color. Add the rice, stirring to combine. Add 1 cup of the warm chicken broth and stir continuously until the liquid is almost fully absorbed; then add the broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring continuously and allowing the liquid to be absorbed each time before adding more.  When all the broth has been incorporated, add 1/2 cup of the apple cider. When that is absorbed, add the remaining 1/2 cup of cider. When the risotto looks creamy and the rice is slightly firm to the bite, it’s done. Remove from the heat and add the Parmesan, stirring just to combine. Serve immediately.

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