Roasted Broccolini Risotto
Roasted Broccolini Risotto is simply delicious. Creamy rice, layered with flavors of sweet onion, garlic, white wine and cheese and all topped with roasted broccolini.
I hadn’t eaten risotto until about 5 years ago. For awhile there, I really got into those cooking reality shows and risotto was one of the most commonly featured fancy dishes. The chefs would constantly make mistakes, but if it was perfect it was just delicious. I remember one of the professional chefs stating that every cook should know how to make risotto. It’s the epitome of Italian comfort food. Now, to be fair, he was Italian, so he probably was a little biased.
I have Italian heritage and growing up I ate a lot of Italian food, but until a few years ago I had not tasted risotto. The cooking show intrigued me. I had to give this dish a try. I was never a big rice person, but creamy, cheesy rice sounded quite scrumptious.
The first time I made risotto I was a little intimidated. It seemed like it was time consuming and a lot of work. But after I read about it I figure out it actually isn’t difficult it just takes patience and a lot of stirring. It isn’t one of those leave it and forget it dishes. Risotto takes constant attention, but other than that it’s quite simple. And when you’re done you will be so glad that you gave it a try.
To make a basic risotto start by toasting the rice in half olive oil and half butter, at this point I usually add some onion and garlic. Then, I like to add a little white wine and stir it in until it dissolves. It just adds a little extra flavor to the dish. After the wine, start adding the broth. Typically I use chicken stock, but if you’re a vegetarian, vegetable stock works well too. Add the broth about a half a cup at a time, stirring continuously until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is al dente, about 20 minutes. This can seem tedious, but it’s essential in order to get that velvety texture. Then, during the last few minutes of cooking add in your cheese, butter, any vegetables you’d like and season with salt and pepper.
Now, my family requests this dish all the time. I absolutely love risotto. You can do so much with it. You can add a variety of seasonal vegetables, different cheeses and even meat if you desire. There are so many ways you can go with this basic risotto, but you will always end up with a tasty meal for your whole family to enjoy.
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