Spiced Maple Apple Cider Risotto is a creamy, delicious, and modern twist on a good old classic.
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You might notice I like playing with the classic recipes. Well, let’s be more specific. Mostly, I’ve been playing with the Italian cuisine.
You might remember some pasta dishes such as this Lavender Blackberry Pasta or this Lemon Poppy Seed Pasta. There’s a subtle possibility that I’m not welcomed to Italy cause of these delicious but peculiar dishes.
I’m sorry, my Italian friends! I didn’t mean to hurt your feelings. I just do love the Italian food, and it inspires me in such a way. Nothing bad, right?
Also, last summer I made this Lavender Berry Risotto. Fruit or berry risotto isn’t a rare thing, but I don’t think there are lots of people adding lavender in pasta and risotto recipes.
Spiced Maple Apple Cider Risotto
In October, when I had just started developing some apple ideas for my blog, I clearly wanted an apple risotto. I could have made it simpler, just a regular wine based risotto with an apple topping.
Then I thought of apple cider. At that point, I had never used it in cooking. That idea sounded good to me!
And you know what? My taste didn’t let me down this time, and this Apple Cider Risotto turned out fantastic, rich, luscious, a little tart, and with an amazing apple flavor. While alcohol is being evaporated, the apple cider flavor remains distinctive. No wonder – there are 3 cups of cider in this Spiced Maple Apple Cider Risotto. You can substitute it for some water, but…you won’t do this, will you?
The risotto is served with a luscious topping where apples sauteed in butter, maple syrup, and spices. And a little splash of bourbon. Because why not?
The only one thing I would have done differently is omitting the cream cheese. While it introduced a lovely velvety texture, it changed the color. If you don’t add cream cheese, this Spiced Maple Apple Cider Risotto would remain almost translucent which is great, I think.
Anyways, with or without cream cheese, this Spiced Maple Apple Cider Risotto is a luscious twist on the Italian classic!