Asparagus Risotto with Fresh and Smoked Chevre, Dungeness Crab and Meyer Lemon

Crab, goat cheese and lemon season this risotto which pairs deliciously with Guenoc's California Pinot Grigio.

Recipe Notes

Pair With: California Pinot Grigio

Ingredients

1 bunch fresh asparagus, about 1#, washed and ends trimmed off

1 Tbs butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup Arborio rice

2 ½ cups hot chicken stock

3 oz. fresh chevre, broken up into small piece

3 Tbs parmesan

6 oz. Dungeness crab meat, picked through for cartilage

Zest of ½ Meyer lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Tbs grated smoked chevre, or hard goat cheese

Directions

Blanch asparagus in lightly salted water until just cooked through. Remove and shock in ice water to stop the cooking. Drain asparagus and cut spears in half. Blend the bottom halves of the asparagus with just enough water to make a thick puree. Pass the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove the stringy parts. You should have about 1 cup.
Reserve the puree for the risotto. Cut the top halves into ½ inch disks and reserve for the risotto too.

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the butter over medium heat and add the onion. Saute until wilted, then add the rice and sauté another two minutes. Add 1 cup of the chicken stock, cooking until the liquid is absorbed before adding the next cup. Continue to cook, stirring regularly until all the chicken stock is used. Add the asparagus puree and continue to cook. After 3-4 minutes, test the rice for doneness. The rice should be firm but cooked through. If it’s not quite done, add a bit of water to continue cooking. When finished, and add the fresh chevre, parmesan, and the reserved asparagus disks. Turn stovetop to low and cook for a few minutes to heat asparagus through. Add the crab meat and zest of Meyer lemon and stir gently to heat through again, being careful not to break up the crab. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and serve with a sprinkle of smoked chevre.

Crab, goat cheese and lemon season this risotto.