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Risotto: A Versatile Italian Recipe

risottoRisotto is a very popular Italian recipe of a hearty rich rice dish packed with flavors. There are few dishes as versatile as this. This Italian Recipe is very nutritious and can be cooked to suit different tastes. It is known to be a staple food in the Italian diet, but is well liked around the world. You can prepare this scrumptious dish with a selection of ingredients such as cuttlefish ink, asparagus, mushrooms, quail, pumpkin, truffles, snails, scallops, lobster, veal, squid ink, duck, sausage and almost anything else. What is the origin of this Italian icon? The history of this dish is tied to the history of rice in Italy. There are several conflicting opinions on the historical details but rice was initially used in Italy during the Middle Ages by the Arabs. Risotto was a great way of cooking short grained rice. The starch of the grain combined with the stock created a luscious creamy sauce. Mushroom Risotto Recipe Ingredients: Butter – 2 Tbsp Mushrooms (shiitake, oyster mushrooms or chanterelle) – 2 cups (cleaned, trimmed and diced into half inch pieces) Brandy, dry white wine or vermouth – 2/3 cup Chicken stock (vegetable stock for vegetarians) – 5-6 cups Shallots – 1/3 cup minced or 1/3 cup finely sliced onion Arborio rice – 1 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese – 1/3 cup (grated) Salt and ground black pepper- to taste Chopped chives or parsley- 2 Tbsp Method: 1. Simmer the stock in a saucepan. 2. Take a heavy bottom deep saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat. Add shallots and mushrooms and stir fry for approximately 5 minutes. Put in the rice and stir to mix. 3. Pour in brandy and allow it to boil till the liquid is reduced to half. It will take 3-5 minutes. 4. Pour in the simmering stock, 1/2 cup at one time, while stirring it to ensure that the rice does not stick to the sides of the pan. Keep stirring the rice constantly, to get creamy sauce you want in your risotto. Allow the stock to get absorbed almost fully before pouring the next half cup. This process normally takes 25- 30 minutes. The rice should be slightly chewy and just cooked. 5. Mix in the Parmesan cheese and seasoning and garnish the dish with fresh chopped chives and parsley. This tasty Italian Recipe will serve 4-6 people

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