A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking the Perfect Risotto

Written By Alla Levin
September 15, 2018

A Beginner’s Guide to Cooking the Perfect Risotto

Risotto is one of the most popular dishes in Italy. I first had it in Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. Right from the first taste, I was transported into culinary heaven. That visit inspired me to learn how to cook the dish.

I must admit, my version is still far from being perfect, but I am proud to say that it is delicious! Read on, and I will share with you some of the tips to keep in mind.

Using the Wrong Rice

For a mouthwatering risotto that will make a filling meal for a brunch in NoMad, one of the most important things that you should do is to pick the right type of rice. Long grain rice will not work for a risotto.

While many options are available, one that is frequently recommended by seasoned chefs is carnaroli rice, which is known for its creaminess. Arborio rice is also a popular alternative.

rice for a risotto

Do Not Use Cold Stock

If you want the risotto to be bursting with flavors, one thing that should be given attention is the quality of the stock. If you add a cold stock on the pan, this is going to mess the entire process and will ruin the risotto.

Keep the stock simmering before it is added. Once the stock is added, keep on stirring the risotto so that the optimal flavors will be absorbed.

Know When to Stop Stirring 

When cooking risotto, stirring is a technique that you need to master. Stir often but be sure also to take a break. If you stir more than what is necessary, it will end up being gluey.

On the other hand, if you do not stir enough, the bottom part can end up being burnt. Make sure to agitate the rice for the risotto to end up being creamy.

Do Not Forget the Winesecrets of the perfect risotto is the wine

The love of Italians for wine is evident even in their culinary tradition. With this, one of the secrets of the perfect risotto is the wine. Wine will add complexity to the flavor of the dish. It is recommended that you use dry white wine.

However, if the risotto is meaty, you can go for red wine. Like other liquids, it can help to extend the process of simmering. Once the wine has evaporated, the flavors will be transferred to the rice.

Add Extras When Cooking the Perfect Risotto

Once you are done cooking the rice, you can be experimental with the ingredients to add based on the flavor that you prefer. Make sure to add them only at the end, or else, they will be overcooked.

Grated parmesan and butter will be great for added creaminess but be sure to throw it in only once the rice is taken out of the heat. Frozen peas, scallops, and prawns will also make great add-ons to your dish.

There is no need to go to an Italian restaurant to have an authentic risotto! Take note of the things mentioned above, and you can quickly prepare this dish even in the comfort of your own home!

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