Rich and deep flavors abound in this classic risotto. Steak and blue cheese is such a classic pairing, we're tempted not to say much more other than it's here and as fabulous as always. Mushrooms and nutty Parmesan add even more umami depth to this creamy dinner. We've also crammed in some healthy spinach and sweet caramelized onions. This meal is an embarrassment of riches.
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You Will Need
Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Halve and peel onion. Cut halves into ¼" dice.
Coarsely chop spinach.
Separate steak strips into a single layer and pat dry. Season all over with a pinch of salt and pepper.
If using chicken breasts, pat dry and, on a separate cutting board, cut into 1" dice. If using chicken breasts, 20 oz. steak strips, or flank steak, season all over with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Start the Risotto
Place a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and rice to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes.
Add 1 cup boiling water from small pot to rice. Rice should just be covered by water. Stir often until nearly all water is absorbed.
Add ½ cup boiling water and stir often again until nearly all water is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 18-20 minutes.
Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it's done. There may be water left.
Remove from burner. Cover and set aside.
Caramelize the Onions
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Add onions and a pinch of salt and pepper to hot pan. Cook undisturbed, stirring every 2 minutes, until softened and browned, 8-10 minutes.
Stir in ¼ cup water until combined. Transfer to a plate.
Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Cook the Mushrooms and Steak
Return pan used to cook onions to medium-high heat and add 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt to hot pan and cook undisturbed until starting to brown, 3 minutes.
Stir, and move mushrooms to one side. Add steak to other side and cook undisturbed until starting to brown, 3-4 minutes.
Add demi-glace, 1 Tbsp. water, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Once simmering, stir occasionally until sauce is thickened slightly and no pink remains on steak, 1-2 minutes.
Remove from burner.
If using flank steak, follow same instructions. If using 20 oz. steak strips, remove mushrooms from pan instead of moving to one side. Return mushrooms to pan with demi-glace. If using chicken breasts, follow same instructions, cooking undisturbed, 4-5 minutes, then follow same instructions until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 1-2 minutes.
Finish Risotto and Finish Dish
Place pot with risotto over low heat and add spinach, Parmesan, half the onions, butter, and a pinch of salt. Stir constantly until cheese melts and spinach wilts slightly, 2-3 minutes.
Taste, and add remaining onions, if desired. Remove from burner. If risotto is stiff, add water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with mushroom-steak mixture and garnishing with blue cheese (to taste). Bon appétit!
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