For whatever reason (stubbornness has been suggested fairly often), I usually don’t follow recipes.
However, this sweet potato risotto recipe from Real Simple magazine turns out most excellent, and I follow it almost every time:
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 40m | Total Time: 40m
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 small sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the sweet potatoes and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
- Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until absorbed.
- Measure 3½ cups of water. Add ¾ cup at a time and cook, stirring occasionally and waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding the next. It should take 25 to 30 minutes for all the water to be absorbed.
- Stir in the Parmesan and oregano.
It’s a nice dish to focus on making, because it gives you a lot of time to think while the potatoes and rice cook!