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What is Risotto?
Risotto is a Northern Italian rice dish. It is cooked with broth or water until the rice reaches a creamy consistency. Traditional risotto also prepped with butter, onion, white wine, and parmesan cheese. Saffron was also originally used for flavor and giving the dish it's a yellow color.
Arborio is a commonly used rice to make risotto. Short or medium-grain rice can also be used. These rice work better than long-grained rice because of their ability to absorb liquid and create a thicker (starchy) texture.
Traditionally, to prep for risotto, start off by sautéing onion or shallots in butter or olive oil.
After sautéing, add the rice and toss to coat with butter or olive oil. Once slightly toasted add the white wine. Make sure the wine is fully absorbed before going to the next step. This can be an optional step.
Turn the heat up to medium-high. In small amounts add warm broth (water). Wait till the liquid is absorbed before adding more liquid. Maintain consistent stirring. This stirring helps to break down the starches to create that extra creamy texture.
Repeat this process until the rice is fully cooked. When fully cooked remove from heat add parmesan cheese and butter. This helps to enhance the smooth and creamy texture. The butter can be an optional step.
Again, the above is the traditional method for making risotto. There are other methods for cooking various rice and they can be found on each rice packaging. Truthfully, use a method that best fits.
Spice it Up!
What's so great about risotto is that it is extremely! A variety of veggies and proteins can be combined for additional flavors.
At Linked Fit we took our risotto one step further and added roasted butternut squash! We also, opted out of the wine, partially only because we didn't have any haha!
The butternut squash hint of sweetness to this savory dish!
This dish is also perfect for any winter or fall night. To enhance the fall and winter flavors add sage, rosemary, or parsley.
Serve with a protein of choice!