Pumpkin Goat Cheese Risotto--Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago
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Delicious! Risotto with Pumpkin and Goat Cheese from the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago! Executive Chef Kerry Heiber is spicing up her kitchen this fall and winter with seasonal flavors, and is offering up one of her most coveted recipes – Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Risotto.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8
  • ½ Onion (Minced)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
  • 1 Small Pumpkin (Peeled, seeded and medium diced)
  • ½ can Pumpkin Puree
  • 4oz Goat Cheese
  • 1½ Cup Arborio Rice
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock (HOT)
  • ½ cup White WIne
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (Unsalted)
  • 1-2 tablespoon Kosher or Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Pepper (Ground)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Bay Leaf (Dried)
  • Chives, Thyme or Parsly (Chopped)
  1. Steep the bay leaf in the chicken stock.
  2. In a heavy bottom stock pot, sauté rice with pumpkin and onions over medium heat til onions are translucent and rice has a toasty aroma with a golden color.
  3. Add garlic and sauté briefly.
  4. Deglaze with white wine
  5. Add bay leaf
  6. While stirring vigorously add stock one cup at a time. It will take a few minutes to absorb the stock, so this is a labor-heavy task
  7. Continue adding the stock 1 cup at a time until it is absorbed. You will use almost, if not all of the stock depending on how you like it, al-dente or fully cooked. Before adding the last cup of stock stir in your pumpkin puree.
  8. Once your rice is cooked to your liking you should season it with salt and pepper and add your cheeses while stirring.
  9. Finish by adding in your butter, stirring until it is completely melted
  10. Stir in your chopped herbs allow to sit for a minute before serving so it can allow all of the flavors to marry.
Recipe by Still Blonde After All These Years at https://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/pumpkin-goat-cheese-risotto-millennium-knickerbocker-hotel-chicago/