Friday, July 26, 2013

The Risotto is Mush!!

...the famous words of Gordon Ramsey! For those of you who, like me, have a sweet spot for that brassy brit, God bless you! I have always loved watching Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, Hotel Hell...any show he's in, I'll watch! There's something about his accent and saucy demeanor that pulls me in. One of the main dishes that constantly seems to baffle contestants on Hell's Kitchen is the humble risotto. A simple combination of rice, seasonings and chicken broth can be the death of some on the show. I've always wanted to try it and so a few years ago, I did. It's really easy, but time consuming though the end result is always worth it. Served alone or with meat and veggies, risotto is a meal in itself. Hearty and comforting, and inexpensive to make, it's the perfect dish for vegetarians and carnivores alike! Try it for dinner tonight!

2 cups long grain white rice
4 cups chicken stock (or veggie..whatever you prefer)
1/2 diced onion
1/2 stick butter
Saute the butter and onion until onions are soft and translucent. Next, add the rice and stir until well coated with the butter. Slowly add about a cup of your stock and let simmer on low heat until just absorbed. Add another cup or so at a time, allowing the rice to absorb it. Be careful not to wait too long between adding the broth or the rice will dry out. Keep the heat low and once the stock is all absorbed and the rice is soft and creamy, it's ready! This recipe makes about four side servings or two main dish servings. I like to serve mine with grilled chicken and veggies. Enjoy!

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