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Roast and Rissoto

January 18, 2015

This summer, a small group of my high school classmates met for dinner in Tyler for a mini reunion. Kevin attended the dinner with me. I was so touched by the way my former classmates embraced him with open arms and loving hearts. Since then, they have become such strong supporters of Kevin! What a blessing that is to me! Several of those friendships began in Mrs. Tomlin’s first grade classroom at Whitehouse Elementary School. Tina Attaway Todd was one of my first friends in that class, so I count it an honor and privilege to introduce her to you. Thank you, Tina, for loving and supporting Kevin. Thank you, too, for all the wonderful recipes you submitted to Kevin as a Kickstarter supporter. Kevin cooked the Roast and Risotto today, and I must say it is one that is worthy of serving to royalty. Wow! The flavors of the roast and risotto separately are wonderful; however, when they are put together, magic happens! It truly is easy and by far one of our favorites. Kevin will definitely have to add this one to his restaurant’s menu!

Roast and Risotto

1 chuck or arm roast
1 packet ranch dressing
1 packet au jus gravy mix
1 stick butter

Place roast in crockpot. Sprinkle both packets over roast. Place stick of butter on top of roast
Cook on low for 8 hours. (Too, you can place in a Dutch oven in cook in a 250 degree oven for 8 hours. For more gravy, you can add up to 2 cups of water if desired.)

3 tbs olive oil
1 package Vigo arborio rice or 1 1/2 cups risotto (or 1 ½ c. Superfino Arborio)
32 oz box chicken broth (Kitchen Basics makes an unsalted version if you are trying to reduce sodium in your diet)
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Pepper

In large skillet, evenly coat rice with olive oil. Add chicken broth, stirring continually. Maintain a slow boil stirring continually. When all the broth is absorbed, add cheese, onion powder and pepper.

Serve roast and gravy over risotto.
(Notes in parentheses were added by Renee.)

IMG_3612 IMG_3622 tina and joetina todd class reunion

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