I was going to say put the Franzia down and trade it for some "Two Buck Chuck", but now I have even less authority to do so. First off, I am someone who has absolutely no business talking about wine. However, it is fun to pretend that picking wine off the shelf at Trader Joe's makes me a wine connoisseur.
The rumor mill has been flying about how "Two Buck Chuck" is so cheap. However, I can now tell you that it wasn't a husband getting revenge in a messy divorce (which I believed) or that when United Airlines went bankrupt they sold a warehouse of it to Trader Joe's. The truth is when I was trying to write a post about my awesome "Two Buck Chuck" experience, I found that actually Fred Franzia actually owns the Charles Shaw wine label, which explains a lot. Brilliant marketing strategy.
Still, I think if you are a college student, or someone who knows absolutely nothing about wines, like myself, it's a cheap delicious easy meal. (Note: It probably will taste even better with a wine picked by someone who knows what they are actually doing).
This is still a great risotto that I adapted from Pioneer Woman. I did take out a lot of the butter and whipping cream since I am trying to eat healthy because I'm running a 10k on Thanksgiving.
My mom and dad always would use that corny parental joke line. "Would you like some cheese with that whine?" Didn't yours too?
Two Buck Chuck Risotto
- Heat broth (note: it's important the broth be low sodium) in a saucepan or in a microwave safe pitcher. Set aside.
- Heat butter and olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add dry rice. Stir to coat and cook for 3 minutes, stirring gently.
- Pour in wine. Stir and cook over medium-low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add in minced sundried tomatoes and stir.
- Then begin adding broth, one cup at a time, stirring gently while the rice absorbs the liquid each time. Repeat this until the rice is done---it usually takes between 4 and 5 cups of broth. The rice should have a slight bite to it, but not be crunchy at all.
- Remove from heat, then stir in Parmesan. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve as a main dish with a salad, or as a side dish with steak, chicken, or fish. Delicious!
Adapted from: Pioneer Woman