One of my favorite things about traveling is the food. I LOVE trying new foods, spices and dishes from around the world, and I especially LOVE bringing new things into our kitchen. That’s why when we were contacted to take part in the World On a Plate campaign with Expedia I was all too excited to find something delicious from the focus country – Croatia.
Sadly, Croatia has not made it onto our list of “been to” countries. It is high on the list of places we still want to go, but despite the fact that it is a pretty huge tourist destination these days, we still haven’t found a way to get there! While most people probably dream of it’s sapphire waters and seaside, I’m really more focused on exploring the Paklenica mountains and Plitvice Lake area further inland. Alas those dreams are going to be set aside for the moment thanks to two very active toddlers and our ever growing family.
Until we have a chance to go, we brought a little of Croatia to our kitchen. I present my masterpiece:
Rizot od sparoga or asparagus risotto
Always fearful of making risotto after living in Italy, I was a bit nervous to try out this new recipe. Risotto everyone had told me is hard to make right – if you overcook the rice it turns into mush, if you under cook it, well let’s just say an Italian grandmother somewhere will roll over in her grave. Fortunately Croatian risotto isn’t as scary as it’s Italian cousin. (Don’t ask me why, it is the same grain!) That’s right, it was surprisingly easy and turned into the the perfect use of some left over aspargus. Oh, and it was pretty much toddler approved from the moment it landed on the plate. In fact these little girls couldn’t eat enough.
I found this easy to make and perfect for spring recipe online at: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/asparagus-risotto-rizot-od-sparoga (Note the Australian measurements if you are US based before you attempt to make the dish.)