I was watching a Next Food Network Star rerun the other day and got a good laugh out of Wolfgang Puck bringing one of the contestants back inside the house to show her how to make risotto. I am sure many of you saw this episode too. I was amazed that a person would make it that far on a show like that without knowing how to make risotto! I guess that shows that TV is not always as realistic as we may think. Come to think of it, I also watched a 24 Hour Restaurant Battle where the girl who was going to be the head chef had never even worked in a restaurant before!
Anyway, I love risotto because it is much creamier than regular rice; it kind of reminds me more of grits or mashed potatoes. Although it is important to know the correct way to make it if you want it to have the right consistency. The keys to making risotto are adding a little bit of hot liquid at a time and lots of stirring! This specific risotto is so flavorful. Thanks for Herbivoracious for the idea! It has a tangy taste of roasted tomatoes paired with a creamy (and a bit spicy) taste of the green chile goat cheese. If you are not a spice person, you can just use regular goat cheese.