Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Surprise! InStyle magazine's heavenly orzo dish

I bought the March InStyle at the beginning of the month and found the most delectable recipe on the last page of the magazine.
Who knew they had recipes in InStyle? Not me.
Regardless, I'm glad I saw it, because this dish is truly the "Truffle Heaven" they dubbed it.

Created by Chef Amanda Freitag, officially called Truffled Orzo with Asparagus.

-1 bunch standard-size asparagus (or use broccoli)
-1/5 cups orzo
-2 T extra virgin olive oil
-3 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-1 T unsalted butter
-2 T grated Parmesan cheese
-1 T grated pecorino Romano
-2 T black truffle butter*
-salt to taste
-1 t cracked black pepper

*If truffle butter is unavailable, you can make your own by combining 2 T softened butter with 1/2 t of black truffle oil.

1. In a 5-quart pot, bring salted water to a boil.
2. Place washed asparagus in boiling water for 1 minute; remove with tongs and set aside. Keep water boiling.
3. Cook orzo in same pot for 7-9 minutes; drain in colander; set aside.
4. Trim the tough stem ends off asparagus and discard. Cut remaining asparagus into 1/4 inch thich slices and reserve.
5. In a medium pan, heat oil, then sauté garlic until golden brown.
6. Add asparagus to pan; add cooked orzo.
7. Continue cooking orzo over low heat and add heavy cream and [plain] butter, stirring constantly.
8. Add cheeses and stir until they melt and combine.
9. Stir in truffle butter, salt, and pepper. Serve in a bowl family-style. Top with more parmesan if desired.

The flavor of this dish is so amazing. I felt like it was subtle, but complex and fresh. So good.
I used white truffle oil because I couldn't find black truffle oil. Maybe you'll have better luck with the truffle butter. :)


Janel said...

love your blog- is there a way to get e-mails about these yummy things that you make? I just searched for the orzo dish so I wouldn't have to retype it for a friend...and found your site! I think i've come across it before. I've made this dish twice now for dinner parties and she loved it! Am going to try your Moroccan style dish. :)

Sarah said...

Thanks, Janel! I can set your email up to receive a notification each time I post. Just leave me your email and I'll set it up. :)