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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 is also prepped with butter, onion, white wine, and parmesan cheese. Saffron was also originally used for flavor and giving the dish 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 onions or shallots in butter or olive oil over medium heat.
After sautéing, add the rice and toast in the fat for a few minutes. Once slightly toasted add the white wine. Make sure the wine is almost all absorbed before going to the next step.
Turn the heat up to medium-high. In small amounts add warm stock to the rice. Wait until the stock is absorbed before adding more stock. Maintain consistent stirring, but no need for over stirring. The stirring helps to break down the starches to create that extra creamy texture.
Repeat this process until the rice is al dente. When al dente remove the pot from heat, add parmesan cheese, and butter. This helps to enhance the smooth and creamy texture.
Again, the above is the traditional method for making risotto. There are other methods for the rice and various grains that can be used in substitution in. Truthfully, using a method and grain that best fits the needs.
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 for this recipe, partially only because we didn't have any haha!
The butternut squash adds a hint of sweetness to this savory dish! The butternut squash was roasted while the rice was cooking to keep everything done in about 30 minutes
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!