Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cauliflower Breakfast Risotto

Waaay back in 2011, I posted this breakfast risotto recipe.  Filled with rice, breakfast sausage, and Parmesan cheese, it's a hearty one-pot breakfast and is a delicious way to start the day.  Fast-forward nearly 8 years later, and I'm eating considerably fewer carbs - I'm not on any sort of keto or low-carb diet, but if I can sub in a vegetable where there wouldn't otherwise be one, I'm game.  Since I've been playing around with cauliflower rice lately, I wondered if I could turn it into something resembling risotto.

I didn't strictly follow the ingredient list of my original recipe; I added in mushrooms, didn't bother with the bay leaves, and used chives for a pop of green instead of parsley.  Pureeing some of the cauliflower rice with some chicken stock stands in surprisingly well for the starch that would be released from Arborio rice.  I divided up leftovers for my weekday breakfasts, adding in an extra splash of chicken stock to help it reheat without getting too thick.  I'll be making this again!

Cauliflower Breakfast Risotto
Serves 2-3
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1 T. unsalted butter
1/2 c. finely diced onion
1-2 medium cloves of garlic, minced or grated
Heaping 1/2 c. sliced cremini or button mushrooms
4 links turkey or chicken breakfast sausage, cut into 1/4 - 1/2" slices
12 oz. riced cauliflower (thawed, if frozen), divided
1/2 - 1 c. chicken or vegetable stock
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
Salt & Pepper
2 T. finely sliced chives, optional

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until it foams.  Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, until starting to turn translucent.  Add in the garlic, mushrooms,  and sausage and cook for 2-3 minutes more, until mushrooms have begun to soften and the garlic is fragrant.

In a blender or food processor, blend about 2/3 c. of the cauliflower rice with 1/2 c. stock until relatively smooth (it doesn't need to be totally pureed).  Add the remaining cauliflower rice to the skillet with the onion and mushroom mixture and stir to incorporate.  Stir in the pureed cauliflower and Parmesan, and heat through.  Add additional stock if desired to adjust the consistency.  Bring to a simmer, then add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately, topped with chives if desired.

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