Enjoy a true Italian dish for dinner. Strawberry Risotto will make any dinner special.
Did you ever see a dish that just stuck with you? You never actually tasted it but you kept thinking about it. You kept wishing you had. Strawberry Risotto is that dish for me. About 5 years ago, my husband and I took the most wonderful trip to Italy. It was by far our best vacation ever. What a food paradise. The people were charming, the landscape breath-taking and the food was mesmerizing. We had toured the Brolio Winery and the castle on top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill was the Osteria del Castello. It was surrounded by trees in a small secluded area. We has ordered our lunch and were enjoying it when another couple came and sat down. They ordered the strawberry risotto. My jaw dropped and I wished we had ordered it. I could not quite figure out if it was savory or sweet or something in between.
I have thought and thought about strawberry risotto ever since. I really wished we had tried it. I had tried to make it before but the dish had not turned out the way I wanted it to. I took a little simpler approach this time and it was exactly as I imagined it would have been in Italy. Finally, I was able to satisfy a long desire to taste strawberry risotto.
This dish is perfect, a little sweet and a little savory. The strawberries are sweet but balanced by the shallot and wine. The balsamic glaze provides a little tartness and the cheese adds some smoky creaminess. It would pair well with any type of meat. Each bite brought me back to Italy and was like reliving one of the best experiences of my life. We long to go back and show our daughter all of the wonders of Italy. She will love the food, especially the gelato. Another dream to be fulfilled one day.
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