Risotto: Over 100 delicious 'little rice' recipesby Jenny Stacey, Kathryn Hawkins
Risotto, one of today's most popular restaurant dishes, is actually one of the easiest to make at home. Meaning "little rice," risotto is an Italian dish featuring tender arborio rice slowly cooked in broth and flavored with meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, shellfish, cheese or herbs. The result is rice that is delectably creamy while the grains remain separate and
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Risotto, one of today's most popular restaurant dishes, is actually one of the easiest to make at home. Meaning "little rice," risotto is an Italian dish featuring tender arborio rice slowly cooked in broth and flavored with meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, shellfish, cheese or herbs. The result is rice that is delectably creamy while the grains remain separate and firm. Using everyday ingredients, risotto is a most useful and impressive dish that is remarkably easy to master, for considerably less cost than a restaurant meal.
Risotto begins with an explanation of the principles of making the Italian specialty - cook it slowly, stir continuously, and maintain the correct heat and moisture - and then follows with an inspiring selection of more than 100 variations to suit all tastes and occasions. Risotto recipes include vegetarian, meat, poultry as well as game, fish and seafood:
- Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto
- Fragrant Herb Risotto
- Tuscan Bean Risotto
- Sweet Chili and Basil Risotto
- Ham and Leek Risotto
- Bacon and Spinach Risotto
- Rosemary Lamb Risotto
- Creamy Chicken Risotto with Garlic and White Wine
- Chicken and Lemon Risotto
- Turkey and Prosciutto Risotto
- Rabbit and Basil Risotto
- Risotto with Venison and Mixed Peppercorns
- Smoked Salmon and Dill Risotto
- Chili Monkfish Risotto
- Scallop and Fennel Risotto
- Mixed Seafood with Saffron Risotto
- Risotto with Garlic Mussels
- Chocolate and Vanilla Risotto
- Cream Cheese and Apricot Risotto
- Tiramisu Risotto
- Apple, Pear and Cinnamon Risotto
With its partners a supply of arborio rice and flavorings as simple as broth, fresh herbs and parmesan cheese Risotto is destined to become a well-thumbed staple in the busiest of households.
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Sample recipe from Risotto: Over 100 delicious "little rice" recipes by Jenny Stacey and Kathryn Hawkins Chicken & Tarragon Mushroom Risotto
Tarragon is a classic flavoring for chicken. It is one of the subtlest of herbs and forms part of the Fines Herbes mixture.
- 5 cups (1.25 L) chicken stock
- 1/4 cup (50 mL) butter
- 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) oil
- 4 boneless chicken breasts, skinned
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 large open cap mushrooms, peeled and sliced
- 2 cups (500 mL) arborio rice
- 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) Dijon mustard
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons (25 mL) chopped fresh or 1 Tablespoon (15 mL) dried tarragon
- 4 Tablespoons (50 mL) light cream
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Pour the stock into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet with the oil and cook the chicken for 5 minutes, turning until browned. Add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes until the onion has softened but not browned. Stir in the rice and cook gently, stirring, until the rice is well-coated in butter. Stir in the mustard.
- Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and cook gently, stirring until absorbed. Continue adding small quantities of stock to the rice until half the stock is used and the rice is creamy. Season and add the tarragon.
- Continue adding the stock until the risotto is thick but not sticky, about 25 minutes. Stir in the cream and cheese and serve in a warm bowl.
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Jenny Stacey and Kathryn Hawkins are highly respected cookbook authors. Jenny's other books include The Gourmet Atlas, The Soy Sauce Cookbook and Steam Cuisine. Kathryn's titles include The Book of Light Chinese Dishes, Classic Chinese Recipes and Classic Vegetarian Recipes.
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