Italian Risotto, a timeless recipe
Even though Italy is the homeland of pasta, there is another dish that is often served as "primo": we are talking about Italian Risotto.
Born in the area around Milan, risotto recipe quickly became popular all over the country. Every region created then its own version based on the most popular local ingredients thus bringing to life a wide variety of genuine but fanciful versions suitable for everyone,
Italian risotto recipe: a creamy delicacy
Italian risotto recipe is easy once you have learned the secrets.
First of all, the right rice.There are indeed lot of rice varieties available on the market, but the best choices and the ones typically used for Risotto are the Carnaroli or the Arborio: indeed they maintain a perfect consistence and, thanks to their starchiness, they create the delicious cream we all expect in a good risotto.
The next crucial steps are the "tostatura", that is the rice toasting, that should be done using a good quality extra virgin olive oil and then, needless to say, cooking: this will take a bit of patience and a lot of stirring but the result will definitely worth it.
And then the last step: the "mantecatura", that means adding butter and parmesan or another cheese to the ready risotto to add even more creaminess and flavors. Once you learn how to master these steps, you'll be ready to make your creativity run free inventing always different creamy risotto recipe. Here are some inspirations:
Risotto with saffron and mushrooms:
the taste of a perfect match
Risotto with saffron and mushrooms is the sum of two classic Italian recipes worldwide known and appreciated: porcini mushroom risotto and Milanese risotto.
Here, high quality ingredients representing Italian excellences meet each other, creating an irresistible complementary match enhanced by vegetable broth. Mushrooms seasonality is not a problem since this balanced, creamy and fragrant dish can be prepared all year long using both fresh and dried porcini. Loved by adults, this risotto is also appreciated by kids, usually attracted by the bright color and the mild taste.
Ligurian risotto, a triumph of colors and tastes
Pesto is without a doubt one of the most famous Italian sauces that can be also used to prepare a delicious Ligurian Risotto. This way you will have a chance to test a new perspective on Ligurian tastes while creating a delicate, enveloping dish.
Conclude adding some boiled potatoes and string beans and in a while you will have prepared a rich and healthy single course in which summery tastes triumph!
Seafood risotto: when fresh ingredients are essential
Seafood risotto is an all-year-long recipe characterized by opulence at every bite. Every city - and even every family - has their own version of this creamy risotto recipe that can include mussels, clams, shrimps, and even fish slices according to what's available in that moment.
Preparing this savory plate in which sea scent stands out, you will assure an extremely scenic result, perfect to impress friends and tablemates, conquering both their eyes and palates. Change ingredients from time to time and from season to season. You can prepare a more "brothy" version, add a bit of tomato sauce or some saffron... the possibilities are so many that you will hardly get tired of seafood risotto!
Vegetable risotto: a versatile recipe
Vegetable risotto is definitely one of those healthy but delicious recipes we can prepare daily using the ingredients we commonly have at home such as, for instance, zucchini, asparagus and pumpkin. The advantage of such a versatile dish is the possibility to vary ingredients according to one’s tastes and preferences.
Nourishing, light and vegetarian friendly, this recipe is the perfect way to propose vegetables in a different way, pushing monotony away and enjoying the health benefits seasonal vegetables can offer. Last but not least don’t forget to play with colors and it’s a done deal: your kids will love your recipe!