Chorizo and Mahon Menorca Cheese Risotto

This risotto has been a long time favorite at our house, so when I got my hands on a hard cheese that was similar to Parmesan I had to test this out.



Since Mahon cheese is a Spanish cheese I used chorizo in place of my usual Italian flavors. It came out great, and my taste testers were happy to eat this for lunch Sunday.


Chorizo and Mahon Menorca Cheese Risotto

serves 4
Ingredients:
28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
3 cup of water
1 tbsp olive oil
9 oz beef chorizo sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
10 oz package of baby spinach
1/2 cup grated Mahon Menorca Hard Cheese
2 tbsp butter

In a small sauce pan combine the tomatoes with their juice and 3 cups of water. Bring to a simmer and keep warm on the stove. In a larger pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chorizo and onion, cook, breaking up the chorizo until the chorizo is cooked and onion is softened about 5 minutes. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes, stirring. Add wine and cook for about 1 minute until it is absorbed. Add two cups of hot tomato mixture to the rice, simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally until the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Continue adding tomato mixture one cup at a time, waiting for each cup to be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is creamy and tender for about 25 minutes. You may not use all of the liquid. Remove rice from the heat and add in butter, spinach, and grated cheese. Serve immediately and top with extra cheese.


Mahón-Menorca Cheese can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods, and
at other fine retailers such as Fairway Markets, Harris Teeter, Saveway, Kroger, Murray’s, Central
Markets, Costco, Gourmet Garage, West Side Markets, Zabar’s, Central and Town & Country Markets in Seattle and at the best specialty stores all over the country.

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