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A Triumph in the Kitchen: Risotto!
September 9, 2009, 7:32 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Sides

I *love* watching Hell’s Kitchen on Tuesday nights. I love the intensity in the kitchen, and then tension I feel when one of the chefs has to bring something (especially a risotto) up for service. Will it be well seasoned? Will Chef Ramsay throw the whole pan in the trash? It’s always a close call, and you can almost never tell which he is going to lean.

Because of this, many people I know (ahem, Krista!) have been discouraged from trying risotto, including myself. I decided to bite the bullet, however, and I’m so glad I did! I certainly didn’t expect it to come out well the first time, but lo and behold, I had a wonderful creamy, parmesan-y risotto in my bowl when I was finished.

I didn’t follow a certain recipe, just gathered tons of information from various readings about risotto. So, another recipe all my own! In fact, this is the first time (ever!) that I have cooked off the top of my head, just going by what I know. A major triumph in the kitchen today.

Okay, okay, on with it!!!

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Parmesan Risotto for Two

Ingredients:

  • 1 32-ounce box chicken broth
  • 1-2 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked Arborio rice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper
  • Parsley (fresh or dried)

Directions:

  1. Warm the chicken broth in a 2-3 quart saucepan over medium heat. In a medium sized sauté pan, heat the olive oil on medium. Sauté onion and garlic until onion is nearly translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the rice and stir to coat. Toast the rice for 2-3 minutes until you can hear the grains clicking against each other. The rice should not be browned. Pour in the water while stirring, and let the rice absorb all liquid.
  3. Turn the heat under the rice mixture to medium-high. Ladle the broth into the rice until the rice is covered. Stir frequently (but not constantly) until the rice has absorbed the moisture.
  4. When the rice does not immediately come back together as you stir, add more broth to cover. Again, stir until the rice has absorbed the liquid. The rice should start to look creamy around this time.
  5. Add more broth as needed, tasting as you go to determine whether the rice is cooked through. The rice should be al dente–firm but not crunchy. This process should take 15-20 minutes from the time you add the water.
  6. Take the sauté pan off the heat, and add the two tablespoons of butter, stirring to incorporate. Add the parmesan, once again stirring until thoroughly mixed. Add salt & pepper, if needed.
  7. Garnish with parsley.
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Congrats on the kitchen success! I’m like you, I can easily get discouraged and scared of recipes that other people find challenging… looks like you did great!!!

Comment by Molly Jean

I love risotto and yours sounds delicious!

Comment by Karine

Yep, I am going to have to give this risotto a try. :O)

Comment by Krista

Mmmm – such a great side dish that’s easily versatile. Your risotto looks like it’s perfectly creamy – yum!

Comment by Joelen

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