Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Risotto

Remember back at the beginning I shared with y'all the joke Justin Wilson told about what is a cajun? Well this is an example since rice is used instead of oatmeal. You need to use arborio rice for the proper consistency, of course there should be andouille sausage as aren't many of us vegetarians.                               Prep time 15 min / Cook time 2 hours  (Total time 2 hours 15 min, Serves: 6)
Apple for the teach?
    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
    4 medium Granny Smith apples (diced)
    1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp ground allspice
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 1/2 cups arborio rice

Dark Brown, Light Brown & Refined Sugar

    1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
    or crystallized sugar cane juice
    4 cups apple juice, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    Sliced Almonds (optional)
    Dried Crasins (optional)
    Milk (optional)
The Finished Product
Star with coating your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, add apples, cinnamon, allspice, salt and cook (stir 3-5 min) or til apples begin to release their juices  Transfering to slow cooker add in rice stirring to coat. Sprinkle with brown sugar; add apple juice and vanilla.
 Cook on high 1 1/2-2 hours or until all liquid is absorbed. Cook on high 1 1/2-2 hours or until all liquid is absorbed.

Ladle risotto into bowls and serve hot.
Top with almonds and dried Crasins and drizzle with milk (if desired)
•3 Tbsp butter, cold
 •4 medium apples, peeled, cored, diced
 •1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
 •1/4 tsp allspice, ground
 •1/4 tsp salt
 •1 1/2 cups aborio rice
 •1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 
                                                                    or crystallized cane juice                                                           

 •4 cups apple juice
 •1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional toppings
 •dried cranberries
 •toasted coconut
 •sliced almonds
 1.Spray crock pot with cooking spray.
 2.Melt butter in large skillet over med-high heat. Add apples, cinnamon, allspice and salt. Cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until apples begin to release juices. Transfer to crock-pot.
 3.Add rice and stir to coat. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over top of rice. Add apple juice and vanilla.

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