I know folks, you’re probably pumpkined- out, post Thanksgiving and all, but this was a great way to use up leftover pumpkin puree!!
A quick note about Thanksgiving- this year was small, just Mom, Greg & I, and I had to work the day before and the day after, so there wasn’t much time for me to whip up anything grand, nor reason to- we three have our turkey day favorites and try to do the big meal as small as possible. I hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing and satisfying meal- we sure did!
So on to what I made over weekend… pumpkin risotto! I had made a batch of these (and added chopped cranberries) Saturday morning and was left with about a cup of pumpkin puree. I wasn’t sure what to do with it, and then I remembered an episode of Giada at Home when she made pumpkin risotto with bacon & goat cheese. It looked phenomenal. I wasn’t going to go the whole 9 yards with the bacon, but I took the premise and ran with it.
I made a basic risotto, and added the pumpkin puree to the simmering chicken stock. (Use vegetable and this would be a perfectly awesome vegetarian meal.) At the end I added a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a dash of ginger and ground cloves, as well as salt, pepper, & grated cheese. Along side it I put a roasted chicken breast with a white wine & rosemary pan gravy that I made with the pan drippings, a tablespoon of cornstarch and wine. Delish!
Check out my new block of parmesan cheese: it looks like Vermont.