A few months ago, my parents told me that we were hosting Christmas Eve. This means I get to help prepare the evening meal, naturally I was SUPER excited. Immediately we started to brainstorm the menu, we wanted to do some new fun things that everyone would like!
We watch Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen a lot as a family. At that moment I decided I wanted to try risotto no matter how difficult Ramsey says it is. Well tonight, I got to try it and I am sharing it here with all of you. Mind you, this is a difficult recipe because you HAVE to stay focused and make sure you actively stir the entire time.
- 1½ cups arborio rice
- 1 qt chicken stock
- ½ cup dry white wine (I used pinot grigio)
- ½ small onion, chopped (about ½ cup)
- 3 Tbsp whole butter, divided
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
- 4 oz smoked salmon
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Heat the stock to a simmer in a medium saucepan, then lower the heat so that the stock just stays hot.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil and 1 Tbsp of the butter over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the chopped shallot or onion. Sauté for 2–3 minutes or until slightly translucent.
- Add the rice to the pot and stir it briskly with a wooden spoon so that the grains are coated with the oil and melted butter. Sauté for another minute or so, until there is a slightly nutty aroma. But don’t let the rice turn brown. Add the wine and cook while stirring, until the liquid is fully absorbed.
- Add a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process. It’s important to stir constantly, especially while the hot stock gets absorbed, to prevent scorching, and add the next ladle as soon as the rice is almost dry.
- Continue adding ladles of hot stock and stirring the rice while the liquid is absorbed. After 20–30 minutes or until the grains are tender but still firm to the bite, without being crunchy.
- Stir in the remaining 2 Tbsp butter, the smoked salmon, the Parmesan cheese, and the parsley, and season to taste with Kosher salt.
- Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Inspiration: http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/ricegrains/r/risotto.htm