My name is Food Maven and I'm a risotto-holic...
|sookie and lorelai|
She, believing that her risotto has magical powers, takes this assessment as a pronouncement of mediocrity. Lorelai, upon hearing of this short line in an otherwise stellar review, exclaims, 'Not the magic risotto!' And thus, in my household, a reference was born.
food maven's magic risotto
3 T. unsalted butter
1 small onion, finely minced
13 oz., arborio or carnoroli rice
1/2 c. dry white wine
8 cups homemade chicken stock, simmering
2 c. chopped, cooked chicken meat
1 lb. frozen or fresh sweetcorn
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh Italian parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a deep saucepan on low heat, melt 2 T. butter and saute onion slowly until translucent, but not brown. Add rice. Toast the grains for about five minutes. Pour in white wine, stirring constantly until absorbed. Add three ladles of hot stock. Stir until all liquid is absorbed. Toss in chicken and corn, then add more stock, 1 ladle at a time, stirring until all liquid is absorbed. Continue to add a ladle at a time, stirring between additions. Taste a grain of rice between each addition, stopping when rice is tender in the center, but still firm to the bite. Take pan off the heat, stir in remaining 1 T. butter, the cheese and season to taste. Mix in parsley and one last ladle of stock. Cover and let rest for five minutes. Serve with extra cheese to pass. Feeds four to six.