I have made a few types of risotto (so far Portobello Risotto on the blog), but this Orange Risotto with Strawberries is my first sweet one! Instead of broth, warm sweetened milk is stirred into Arborio rice, seasoned with orange juice and zest, and finished off with coconut milk and strawberries. As with other types of risotto; there isn’t much prep work, but it does require you to be in front of the stove the entire time. Don’t try to increase the heat to speed the process along. Wait until the milk is completely absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup.
Evan and I ate the risotto immediately, but Chad had the leftovers cold from the refrigerator. After a few bites, he said it was so addictive and he couldn’t stop eating it.
The sliced strawberries definitely make the dish. I chopped up a few extra strawberries in mix in after taking the photographs.
Arborio is an Italian short grain rice that becomes creamy as it cooks. I have been able to find it at many supermarkets. It is also available on Amazon: RiceSelect Arborio Rice, 32-Ounce Jars (Pack of 4) and organic: Riceselect Organic Arborio Rice, 32-Ounce Jars (Pack of 4).