Monday, January 21, 2008

Risotto, almost the way my mother makes it...

2 quarts chicken broth
1 medium size onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed with knife
1/2 stick butter
1 pound Arborio rice
2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 generous pinches saffron threads

The broth in the pot should be simmering. In a large pot slowly simmer the onion and the garlic in the butter, when the onion starts to turn a gold color, remove from the heat and take out the garlic. Put the pot on heat again, add the rice, and mix very well with the onions. This is called toasting the rice because the broth has not been added.
After a minute or so start to add the broth a ladle full at a time, in order to allow the rice to absorb it. Do not over-stir, or rice grains will lose their individuality. Add another ladle of broth as the previous one is absorbed by rice.
When risotto is almost done, add the saffron and stir until well mixed. Add a handful of Parmigiano and mix well. Risotto should be soft enough to spread and cover the entire plate when served.

Buon Apetito!

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