Muddled Pea and Sweet Onion Risotto, Friday Night Snacks and More...

Muddled Pea and Sweet Onion Risotto

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Muddled Pea and Sweet Onion Risotto, Friday Night Snacks and More...

Muddled Pea and Sweet Onion Risotto

Mike Nadelman
There are many different risotto recipes with different ingredients, but they are all based on rice of an appropriate variety, cooked in a standard procedure. Risotto, unlike other rice dishes, requires constant care and attention. The rice is not to be pre-rinsed, boiled, or drained, as washing would remove much of the starch required for a creamy texture. The rice is first cooked briefly in a soffritto of onion and butter or olive oil, to coat each grain in a film of fat, called tostatura; white wine is added and must be absorbed by the grains. When it has been absorbed the heat is raised to medium high, and boiling stock is gradually added in small amounts, while stirring constantly. The constant stirring, with only a small amount of liquid present, forces the grains to rub against each other and release the starch from the outside of the grains into the surrounding liquid, creating a smooth creamy-textured mass. When the rice is cooked the pot is taken off the heat for mantecatura, vigorously beating in refrigerated balls of grated parmesan cheese and butter, to make the texture as creamy and smooth as possible. It may be removed from the heat a few minutes earlier and left to cook with its residual heat. Properly cooked risotto is rich and creamy even if no cream is added, due to the starch in the grains. It has some resistance or bite (al dente) and separate grains. The traditional texture is fairly fluid, or all'onda ("wavy, or flowing in waves"). It is served on flat dishes and should easily spread out but not have excess watery liquid around the perimeter. It must be eaten at once, as it continues to cook in its own heat, making the grains absorb all the liquid and become soft and dry.
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Total Time 55 mins
Course Rice, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian, Rice
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup small diced Spanish onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup carnaroli rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen English peas defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3/4 cup small diced Spanish onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup carnaroli rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen English peas, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

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