Creamy Saffron Risotto

Friday is  finally here! And to make things even better, it’s a long weekend here in Poland! Sorry, Vancouverites.  Having the day off today gave me plenty of time to cram in some studying and make this gorgeous Saffron Risotto.

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Saffron Is such a delicacy and luxury to cook with, so take my word when I say this risotto will put it to good use.  I didn’t have any parmigiano on hand so I nervously opted for some aged sharp cheddar cheese. I was a bit worried the cheddar would overpower the saffron but to my surprise it still turned out great.  Though, I still do prefer the original recipe with the parmigiano-reggiano more.

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Creamy Saffron Risotto  
A Food & Wine Recipe

2 1/2 quarts light chicken stock or low-sodium broth
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, minced
1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
3 1/4 cups arborio rice (1 pound 10 ounces)
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Sliced radishes + mint for garnish (optional)

 

Method: 

In a large saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Cover and keep hot over low heat.

In a heavy 6-quart pot or casserole, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Crumble in the saffron threads and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the rice and stir to coat thoroughly with butter, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until evaporated. Add enough hot stock to cover the rice (about 1 1/2 cups) and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce the heat to moderate. Cook, stirring the rice constantly, until the stock has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock, 1 1/2 cups at a time, and stirring until it is absorbed before adding more; the risotto is done when the rice is just tender and the liquid is thick, about 25 minutes total.

Remove the risotto from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and the cheese. Season the risotto with salt and pepper and garnish with sliced radishes and mint (optional). serve.

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Wishing you a cozy friday.
-R

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