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Champagne risotto

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 27th, 2014

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Adding champagne produces the most delicate of flavours and imparts a lightness of texture that is unsurpassed.

Champagne risotto

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp (75 ml) butter, divided
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) canola oil
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) finely diced Spanish onion
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Superfino Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups (500 ml) dry Champagne
  • 8 cups (2 L) simmering water
  • ¼ cup (50 ml) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil (approx.)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method:

  • In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium-high heat, melt 1 tbsp (15 ml) of the butter with the oil. When the butter begins to foam, add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft and translucent.
  • Add the rice and sauté, stirring and scraping the bottom with a wooden spoon continuously, until the rice begins to toast and the edges become slightly translucent.
  • Stir in the bay leaf and Champagne and wait for the first bubbles to appear around the edge of the pan.
  • Begin adding the simmering water, 1 cup (250 ml) at a time. Between each addition of water, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon for 2 to 4 minutes or until the water is almost completely absorbed. Repeat this step until all but the last 1/2 cup (125 ml) of water is used (this process should take approximately 20 minutes).
  • Stir in the Parmesan, extra virgin olive oil, and remaining butter.
  • Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute, until the risotto flows like hot lava.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

 Courtesy Chef Martin Kouprie, Pangea Restaurant, www.tgwhf.ca

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