As I write this post, I am sitting on a plane on my way to Wichita.  I have never been to Wichita.  This trip is part of the fun of being a blogger.  I am getting the opportunity to go to Pizza Hut’s original building and learn more about what they are doing with their product and the franchisees.  This is totally cool for the food learning but doubly cool because my daily work includes selling real estate and sometimes that has included the sale of Pizza Hut buildings.  The food part of this post is a very unique Cajun Style Okra Risotto.  This recipe is a fusion spin on the Cajun idea of red beans and rice.  I just love risotto and the rice is such a good vessel for a variety of flavors and ingredients.

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Cajun Style Okra Risotto from Feed Your Soul Too

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Cajun Style Okra Risotto

My risotto idea was developed to pair with a blackened salmon.  In my desire to keep the theme all the way through the meal, I decided to make up a Cajun risotto.  As my regular readers know, I really like to take traditional recipes and put a spin on them.  To flavor this risotto, I made up a Cajun style sofrito.  A sofrito is a Cuban concept or a variation on the Cajun Holy Trinity.  I blended to a rough chop, a red onion, celery, red green and cubanelle peppers and some cilantro.  The vegetable mixture added some good flavor and texture to the dish.

Cajun Style Okra Risotto from Feed Your Soul Too

The risotto was very hearty.  It really could have been served as a meal by itself.  I added red kidney beans which provided protein but some really good texture to the risotto.  The best addition was the okra.  I really like okra and it is hard to find different ways to serve it.  That gummy, sticky part of the okra really helped worked perfectly to up the level of creaminess of the risotto.

Cajun Style Okra Risotto from Feed Your Soul Too

The sofrito ingredients, added to the food processor and blended.

Sofrito Ingredients

Sofrito Ingredients

Sofrito Ingredients in Food Processor

Sofrito Ingredients in Food Processor

Sofrito Ingredients Pulsed

Sofrito Ingredients Pulsed

The spice ingredients; the oil and Cajun seasoning followed by the addition of the leeks and the sofrito.

Spice Ingredients

Spice Ingredients

Oil & Spice in Dutch Oven

Oil & Spice in Dutch Oven

Leeks Added

Leeks Added

Sofrito & Spices Added

Sofrito & Spices Added

The rice added for toasting, and finally, the stock, okra and kidney beans.

Arborio Rice Added

Arborio Rice Added

Okra & Red Kidney Beans Added

Okra & Red Kidney Beans Added

The Cajun Style Okra Risotto plated. 

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Cajun Style Okra Risotto plated



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Cajun Style Okra Risotto

A Cajun Style Okra Risotto putting a Cajun spin on the Italian classic making a super flavorful side dish using okra and complimenting a blackened salmon.
Course

Side Dish
Cuisine

Cajun, Gluten free


Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Servings 6 people
Author Feed Your Soul Too

Ingredients

  • 1
    Cup
    Arborio Rice

Spice Mixture

  • 2
    Tsp
    Creole Seasoning
  • 2
    Tsp
    Kosher Salt
  • 2
    Tsp
    Oregano Leaves
  • 1
    Tsp
    White Pepper
  • 1
    Tsp
    Black Pepper
  • 2
    Tsp
    Spanish Paprika
  • 1
    Tsp
    Thyme
  • 2
    Tsp
    Garlic Powder
  • 2
    Tsp
    Cayenne Pepper
  • 1
    Tsp
    Onion Salt

Sofrito

  • 1/2
    Whole
    Red Pepper
    Rough Chop
  • 1/2
    Whole
    Green Pepper
    Rough Chop
  • 3
    Whole
    Cubanelles
    Rough Chop
  • 1/2
    Whole
    Red Onion
    diced
  • 1
    Stalk
    Celery
    Rough Chop
  • 1
    Bunch
    Cilantro

Base

  • 1
    Tbsp
    Olive Oil
  • 1/2
    Whole
    Leek
    white part only
  • 4
    Cups
    Chicken Stock
  • 8
    Ounces
    Frozen Cut Okra
  • 8
    Ounces
    Red Kidney Beans

Instructions

  1. Begin by making the sofrito in a food processor and set aside.

    Next, combine your spice mixture and set aside.

    Add the oil to a dutch oven on medium high heat.  Add 1 tbsp of the  spice mixture and cook for 1 minute.  Add in the leeks and cook until they soften – about 4 minutes.  Next, add in the sofrito, a couple of tablespoons of the spice mixture and cook for 2 minutes.  Heat the stock in a sauce pan.

    Now add in the rice and toast for 2 minutes.  Begin adding the stock 1 cup at a time.  After 3 cups have been used, add in the okra and beans.  Continue with the stock until the rice has become creamy.

    Serve and enjoy!