BASIC RISOTTO ALA TOM
*a shallot or two
*some arborio rice
*some stock (veggie, chicken, or otherwise)
*something yummy to put in
*So, this is a pretty yummy recipe. Risotto is a traditional Italian
dish. It can be used as a main course or as a side dish. Lots
of cookbooks say its wacky and hard, but Toms method seems pretty
foolproof. Here goes.
*Chop up your shallot (and/or onions and garlic) and sautee them
in butter. Use more than you normally would youre going to
use the butter to coat all the rice.
*When the onions/shallots are translucent, add the arborio rice.
1 cup should make enough dinner for two people, if thats all
youre serving. Stir it in and make sure that all the rice is
coated with butter. This will keep the rice from sticking together.
*Add some stock. Add enough so that the top of the rice is barely
covered by liquid. Get the liquid bubbling; and keep stirring
the rice. (If someone wants to help, this is a great job for them).
Set your timer for 20 minutes. THIS IS THE SECRET TO MAKING RISOTTO.
So, Ill say it again. Set your timer for 20 minutes. Turn it
on. Keep stirring the risotto; add more liquid when it is no longer
covering the top of the rice. NO MATTER WHAT, keep adding liquid
until the 20 minutes is up. Add water if you have to.
*After 20 minutes of stirring and adding stock, taste the rice.
It should be not soggy, but not crunchy. It should still have
some texture. If its still too crunchy, keep adding liquid and
cook. Check every two minutes or so. When youre done, make sure
that its not too soup you should be able to stop stirring and
see the top of your rice. When you get to this point, remove from
heat. Stir in as much cheese as you want. Taste. Add any other
things youre putting in it (see below). Season with salt and
pepper. Serve hot.
*My favorite things to put in risotto: sauteed mushrooms. grilled
vegetables. Sausage crumbled and cooked. sauteed veggies, if
I cant grill them. fresh basil chopped small. Any fresh spice,
as a matter of fact. Sometimes I put grilled meat or fish on top,
sometimes I serve it with big grilled portobella mushrooms. Yum.
Tom taught me to make risotto. Now it's Russell's dish when we're