I actually like shopping, so having to go back again today won't be a chore.
You see before you my new 5-qt dutch oven, chock full of orzo risotto goodness.
It was better than I remembered. I took some time to read comments on the recipe and noted there were folks who thought it was too 'plain.'
I think they're a bit crazy, and the subtle sweet sausage, tart artichokes, and creamy orzo and Parmesan was a delicious little bowl. But I also saw a little more zing as worth a try.
So in with the sweet Italian went a few pieces of hot Italian sausage also.
Worked well, and I see what folks were getting at.
At the bar, the bowls were clinking quickly and the peeps were happy.
We started talking modifications. Spinach was a consensus, as was broccoli.A little red bell pepper for color.
For a veggie option? Call me crazy (shut up Steph. and Chez. and Krista. and all the rest of you), but I think beets would be good. Color of the dish would be wacky, but they provide a meaty texture and sweetness.
Of course, mushrooms would be VERY good in this. Cremini and Shitake? Big chunks of Portobello.
Yeah, that wouldn't suck either.