Risotto is an Italian dish, usually served on its own before an entree. It is cooked in broth and white wine to a creamy texture. The creaminess comes from the starch released during the cooking process hence it is very important to stir the risotto frequently. I have always enjoy risotto, especially with shellfish because it is sweet.
There are a few things to take note when cooking risotto:
- Use only short grain rice. Usually Arborio or Carnaroli. Carnaroli is considered to be the best as it is less likely to be overcooked.
- Do not wash the rice. You need the starch.
- Stir frequently during the cooking process to help to release the starch from the rice.
- Make sure the stock is simmering in another pot so you add in hot stock into the risotto.
- Do not overcooked. Best to be al dente and grains are separated.
Recipe (For 2 servings)
- 1/2 cup Arborio rice
- 2 shallots, chopped finely
- 1/2 cup Dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cup of Chicken stock (You can use seafood stock)
- 8 medium shrimps, shelled, deveined and halved
- 1 clove Garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan Reggiano
- Olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- A small bunch of Flat Parsley, chopped (Optional)
- In a small saucepan, simmer the chicken stock.
- In a heated pan, add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and garlic. Saute the garlic till fragrant. Add in shrimps. When it just turns pink, add a splash of white wine. Simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat. Set aside for later use.
- Using a larger saucepan over medium heat, add in shallots. Cook till it turns translucent.
- Add in the rice. Stir well for 2-3 minutes. You will see the grains turning translucent at the ends.
- Add in 1/4 cup of white wine. Stir well. When the rice has absorbed the wine, add in 1/2 cup of stock. Add in the juice from the cooked shrimp to add extra flavor. Stir well.
- When you observe that the rice has absorbed the liquid, add another 1/2 cup of stock. Repeat this until the rice is Al Dente. During this process, stir the risotto frequently.
- Add in the cooked shrimps, salt and grated cheese. Stir well for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
- You may add in chopped parsley.