Goats cheese mock risotto (serves 2)

Proper risotto is really not difficult to make, but it does take your undivided attention and a little time.  This recipe is not the real thing, but perfect for when you simply do not have the time or attention span and the craving for a bowl of warm, creamy rice overcomes you.
 
Ingredients:

about 2 cups cooked basmati rice
1 red or orange pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 large clove of garlic, minced
1 tomato, diced
4-6 small mushrooms, diced
pinch of dried chile pepper flakes
150g (1 small log) soft rindless fresh goats cheese (no rind - this is important!)
olive oil
butter (optional)
salt and pepper

Method:

Steam the rice to re-heat, or warm in the microwave.

Heat a little olive oil in a pan.  Add the chile flakes, onion and garlic and sautee until the onion starts to soften but not brown.  Add the pepper and tomato until the pepper starts to soften, then add the mushrooms. 

Add the rice and mix thoroughly.  Once the mixture is hot through, stir in the goats cheese a tablespoon at a time.  Mix well, check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

Just before serving, I added a blob of butter, but this is optional.

 

Another great recipe from http://www.cooksister.com
© J Horak-Druiff 2010

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