risotto. i think it’s one of those foods that people like to order in restaurants but shy away from making at home because it conjures up images of eeennndddlllleeessssssss stirring. good news: you don’t need to stir nearly as much as most recipes will have you believe (especially if you have a nonstick large saucepan or small soup pot).
over the years of both making and eating risotto, i noticed that the risotto i liked in restaurants always had more distinct (soft) grains, whereas what i would end up with when i made it at home was more like a combination of mush and formerly distinct grains. once i started to see “novel” risotto recipes that called for less frequent stirring, i began to hypothesize that perhaps my zealous stirring – as indicated by the recipes i was following – was responsible for this less-than-desirable mushy texture.
obviously any time there is a chance to do less work (especially less work standing over a stove with 2 burners going) and get a better result, i’m going to want to test this new approach. so it shouldn’t be a surprise that i was quite pleased to discover that less-stirring-risotto was more delicious than all-the-stirring-risotto.
ever since this discovery, i’ve looked at risotto recipes for flavor combinations and ideas, but then just followed the same general method: sauté something delicious, add risotto grains, stir and wait for this magical transaction whereby the grains become “translucent” on the edges, get impatient that this translucent thing isn’t happening, forge ahead with adding wine, stir a bit, start adding broth by the ~1/2 cup or so, stirring after each addition but not constantly, repeat 1,000,000,000 times, add cheese, enjoy, wonder why i don’t make risotto more often.
see how easy it is! it’s only (::mumbles:)) steps… seriously though, it’s not so bad and it’s much less bad now that we know we don’t need to stir constantly. and since it’s not particularly complicated once you get to the add broth over and over stage, it’s a great recipe to make while chatting with friends or family.
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