How To Prepare Risotto Rice
Risotto is a traditional Italian rice dish made from a short-grained, starchy variety of rice called Arborio rice.
Risotto is best served warm, often in heated bowls or plates. It can be a side dish to a meat or fish entrée and is often served in restaurants as the first course.
The name comes from the cooking technique. In that, you continuously stir the grains (rice, barley, farro).
The process involves gradually adding warm stock or broth like vegetable, chicken, fish, or beef to the grains, and over time, the liquid absorbs.
The natural starches in the rice swell and thicken, creating a creamy consistency.
Learn How to Prepare Risotto Rice with these simple steps
DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO PREPARE RISOTTO RICE
In a medium pot, combine water and broth and place on a medium heat to bring to simmer.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened for about 5 minutes.
Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant for about 1 minute.
Stir rice into onion mixture and season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until rice is lightly toasted for about 4 minutes.
Pour wine into rice mixture and bring to a boil. Cook, until almost evaporated for about 30 seconds.
Reduce heat to medium and pour a few ladlefuls of warm broth into skillet and cook, stirring gently until broth is absorbed.
Continue to cook, repeating adding a few ladlefuls of broth and stirring until broth is absorbed before adding more, until rice is al dente for about 20 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons butter, lemon juice, and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.
Top with chives and basil and more Parmesan before serving.
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