Check out these lovely little mini pumpkins from Amrita Rawat, filled with a delicious risotto.
By Amrita Rawat
This year seems to be all about learning to cook with foods I never knew much about. I know every October is all about the pumpkin in America, but it wasn’t till this year, spending every weekend in a farmer’s market, that really drew my attention to it. I’ve only ever had one pumpkin pie in my entire life, I’ve still never gotten the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks (although we were just given a gift card there so I may finally try it).
When I saw an adorable photo of risotto served in mini pumpkins in a local St Louis magazine called Feast, I really really really wanted to try it.
So I found 4 impossibly adorable mini pumpkins last week… and one Sunday morning, I put in some time and effort making the most delicious and satisfying risotto in this unexpectedly chilly weather.
Risotto is basically a rice cooked in broth, resulting in a creamy, thick soup-like dish.
I don’t know what I was expecting while making this, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be as delicious as it actually turned out. But the overall result was amazing, and I should probably have a bit more faith in my cooking skills. I upped the spices (you know I’m a spice fiend) so every bite left the most glorious flavor punch. I also didn’t add the entire amount of stock because I didn’t want it completely wet. It was also much tastier eating them inside the mini pumpkins than on a plate. The inside of each pumpkin is delicately coated with some oil and truffle salt, and so tender that it blends seamlessly into the risotto.
This is definitely one for the repertoire and would make a great dish to serve at your next dinner par-tay.Print
Amrita Rawat is the author of the blog Chai and Dumplings. Born in India and a lifelong resident of Atlanta, she recently moved to Saint Louis. Her love for food stems in part from its ability to bring cultures together and in part from how darn good it feels to eat a delicious meal. She loves traveling and has eaten her way through cities like Hong Kong, Paris, Budapest, Mumbai, and Shangri-la. Amrita is also a contributor to Sauce Magazine in St Louis.