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.
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!
- 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
- In a medium pan melt one tablespoon of butter, add the rice, and toss for about 2 minutes, over medium heat.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve with white chocolate and walnuts, if desired.