German Risotto with Lamb Sausage, Beer, and Cheese


When I first received this German lamb sausage from Lava Lake Lamb, I wasn’t really sure what to do with it.  The obvious choice would have been to grill it (or beer-braise and then grill it),  slide it into a bun, and enjoy.  While that would have been tasty, I wanted to do something a little different.  Still, I used the beer as my starting point, and then thought of other things you’d put on a brat, like mustard or cheese.  Eventually, I decided to incorporate all those ingredients into a German style risotto. The peas…well, those were mostly to make it look a little prettier and add a little more nutrition. But I do love peas in my pastas and risottos as a rule.

This turned out fabulous and ended up being one of my favorite risottos.  The beer was very much a background note (I may even use a little more next time), but you’ll still want to use a good beer (this is not the time for Miller Lite).  We had this with a sharp white Cabot cheddar, which was just perfect. I had initially intended on using smoked gouda, but it completely escaped me when it came time to make my grocery list for some reason.  Give the gouda a try if cheddar is not your thing. (Is cheddar not everyone’s thing, though?)

German Risotto with Lamb Sausage, Beer, and Cheese

  • I love how you took the German idea and ran with it…German sausages, some beer…now all it needed was some sauerkraut (but really, don’t do that). So original!

  • Lamb in my risotto and a good Cheddar sound like perfection to me Elly!!!

  • Elly, this sounds fantastic!

  • Cheddar is definitely my thing 🙂 This recipe looks delicious, I love a good risotto. Thanks for sharing your recipe, and for using Cabot cheese!

  • What a unique risotto – love it! Your idea to add the beer and cheese (can I have cheddar and gouda?) is genius!

  • I’ve been waiting for you to post this! Joey would really love this combo – beer in risotto – how have I never thought of that??

  • I love your creativity here Elly! I think it’s quite ingenious how you took German style flavours and presented it in this dish. Love the peas too!