Irish Cream Coffee Risotto

Creamy, sweet, and dreamy, this Irish Cream Coffee Risotto is a delicious twist on an Italian classic.

Hi, friends! I hope you’ve had a great weekend, and you’re now ready for a new week #NeverEverAmIReady. If you feel a little down about another Monday (Those Mondays are always coming back, eh?) Well, I hope this Irish Cream Coffee Risotto might cheer you up!

Unfortunately, this weekend we have been experiencing a bad heat wave here around Toronto. When people hear my opinion on this kind of weather, they’re surprised. I believe some of them think I’m insane. However, this is true – I am not really tolerant to high temperature and humid. Besides, I love walking and hiking, and I hardly can imagine doing this on a sweltering day.

Still, we love traveling, and we do this a lot from spring throughout the late fall.

Having been living only for about 5 years in Canada, we have seen quite a lot of places. We might not have seen many provinces (We have been to the Atlantic provinces and Quebec), but we have seen many beautiful places in Ontario. Besides plenty of amazing parks and conservation areas, we love to see small and charming towns and villages. Most of the small Canadian towns look similar, while a lot of them have some distinctive attributes. Some of them are known for an interesting planning and the unique architecture. Another interesting thing is murals on the walls which is personally my favorite part.

I have had a few posts about our trips, and I think it’s a good time to share one more today. Last May we visited Orangeville, Ontario. It’s interesting that having passed this little charming place many times, we never stopped until recently. Orangeville has quite a unique attraction – lovely wooden sculptures made out of old trees. How genius is that, isn’t it?

There are about 50 sculptures representing animals, occupations, historical figures, and even some abstract and mystical things. Take a look!

Or this one I call “Fight This Heat!”

Do you like them? I bet you do!

And I hope you will like this Irish Cream Coffee Risotto too. Sounds weird? True. But acknowledge, it also sounds fabulous. If you have been following me, you might remember I have shared some ideas which are twists on the Italian classic.

Like this Chocolate Pasta with Nutella Whiskey Sauce or this Berry Lavender Risotto. I am telling you friends, one day I will be banned from entering Italy for all these twists.

This Irish Cream Coffee Risotto is definitely a rich dessert, not the main course. Coffee and Irish Cream make the great combo which I decided to incorporate in this dish. Irish cream instead of wine? Why not! Although you need a lot of Irish Cream, you won’t feel too much of alcohol. In fact, cooking the rice with Irish Cream gives a fantastic caramel-y consistency and distinctive flavor.

Yes, this is delicious. The only one thing I’d like to recommend here is going easy on chocolate. Just add a little or do not add at all because the risotto will be sweet on its own. Also, you can play with the ratio of coffee and Irish Cream adding more or less each of the ingredients.

So, I do believe you should try this Irish Cream Coffee Risotto one day. And please, #FightThisHeat!

 

Irish Cream Coffee Risotto

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup risotto rice (like carnaroli)
  • 2 cups of freshly brewed strong coffee (you may need less)
  • 1 cup of Irish Cream
  • pinch of salt
  • white chocolate and walnuts, chopped, to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium pan melt one tablespoon of butter, add the rice, and toss for about 2 minutes, over medium heat.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of coffee and 1/4 cup Irish Cream and cook about 5 minutes, stirring, or until almost all liquid has been absorbed.
  3. After that, start adding liquid, about 1/3 cup at once and waiting until it has been absorbed absorbed, alternating coffee with Irish cream (you will obviously have more coffee sets). Alternatively, you can mix coffee and Irish Cream.
  4. Normally, risotto is ready in about 22 minutes; however this risotto took about 25 minutes (It was al-dente). So you might need to adjust the time a little.
  5. When it's ready, add the second tablespoon of butter, and let it stand for a few minutes then vigorously fluff with a fork for a few seconds.
  6. Serve with white chocolate and walnuts, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

Notes

havocinthekitchen.com

http://www.havocinthekitchen.com/irish-cream-coffee-risotto/

 

 

 

 

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  1. Orangeville sounds like a wonderful place and sounds like you guys had a fun time there. And those sculptures look awesome, Ben. I want to visit Canada one day. Hahaha, and don’t worry, Italians won’t ban you from entering Italy. Because this risotto is really a great innovation. Irish cream and coffee is the best combo ever. I am so intrigued by the sound of this risotto.
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  2. I’ve only been to Niagara Falls in Canada, but I’ve always wanted to visit other places in Canada (ahem, vancouver). Orangeville looks so cute! Those statues out of trees are kind of amazing! Speaking of amazing- this risotto! I love it! But I feel like you knew I was going to say that, because Irish Cream. ;) This is such a fun flavor combination, Ben! Cheers!
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  3. Those statues are amazing! I’ve always respected artists who can carve amazing sculptures like that. (Have you seen the guys that can carve trees using a chainsaw? I mean how is that even possible??) Sounds like you guys had a great time in Orangeville! I totally remember you sharing dessert risotto before, and I totally remember thinking “wow, what a fun idea!” You’ve done it again as Irish cream + coffee is such a classic after-dinner drink. But you’ve used those flavors in a fun dessert instead! Well done, Ben, well done. You can send the leftovers to me along with that Hershey’s cookbook, ok?
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