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RISOTTO

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3,690,689 views  This week on Basics, we're taking a look at risotto. Normally rice plays a supporting role, but in this dish it's the star of the show. I'm going to show you how to make both standard risotto and butternut squash risotto and then how to turn the leftovers into arancini.

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INGREDIENTS

For the standard risotto

White onion

Risotto rice (like arborio or carnaroli)

Dry white wine

Chicken stock

Parmesan

Salt and pepper

Chives (garnish)

For the Butternut squash risotto

1 whole butternut squash

White onion

Risotto rice (like arborio or carnaroli)

Dry white wine

Chicken stock

Parmesan

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Fresh sage

Unsalted butter

Maple syrup

White pepper

Bacon (cooked)

For the arancini

All purpose flour

Mozzarella or jack cheese (something melty)

Panko bread crumbs

Oil for frying

Leftover risotto

Tomato sauce (for dipping)

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Standard Risotto

1.

Set your pressure cooker to its hottest or “browning” setting. Add one diced white onion to the pressure cooker and stir, sweating the onions.

White onion

2.

Add risotto rice to the pressure cooker (recommended: arborio or carnaroli rice). Stir to toast the rice for one minute, until edges become translucent.

2 cups Risotto rice (like arborio or carnaroli)

3.

Deglaze with white wine. Continue to saute until all of the alcohol has cooked off.

½ cup Dry white wine

4.

Next, add chicken stock. Stir and make sure no rice is stuck to the sides of the pressure cooker.

4 cups Chicken stock

5.

Lock the lid on your pressure cooker and cook on high for 5-6 minutes. Make sure to let steam escape through the quick-release steam valve before opening cooker.

6.

Grate a lot of parmesan (a lot!) into the risotto and season with salt and pepper. Stir.

Parmesan

Salt and pepper

7.

Serve garnished with more parmesan and chives for garnish.

Chives (garnish)

8.

For the Method Butternut Squash Risotto

1.

Trim a butternut squash and cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides from the cavity.

1 whole butternut squash

2.

Place squash on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and rub all over the flesh of the squash. Put some fresh sage into the cavity of each half of squash. Lastly, sprinkle with salt and pepper and flip the squash over so it is cut-side down on the baking sheet.

Olive oil

Fresh sage

3.

Bake at 350°F for 45-60 minutes, or until a paring knife shows little to no resistance when pierced through the flesh.

4.

Scoop out all of the squash flesh and place it into a blender, but reserve 1 cup of the flesh for later.

5.

Add some chicken stock to the blender, just enough to help make it into a puree. Add a little, blend, and check for consistency. Add chicken stock until puree consistency is reached.

Chicken stock

6.

In a stock pot, sweat onion in some olive oil over medium heat.

1 White onion

Olive oil

7.

Add rice (arborio or carnaroli) and stir. Deglaze the pan with a glug or two of dry white wine. Simmer over high heat until the smell of alcohol has cooked off, stirring constantly.

1 cup Risotto rice (like arborio or carnaroli)

Dry white wine

8.

Now it’s time to slowly start adding the chicken stock. You should have the chicken stock gently simmering in a different pot. Add a couple ladles at a time and stir constantly. Once you are able to drag your spoon across the bottom of the pot and it leaves a trail of exposed pot behind it, add 2 or 3 more ladles of hot chicken stock. Keep repeating this process of adding stock and stirring until you can see the bottom of the pot when scraped, all while keeping the pot at a medium simmer. Do this until the rice is almost fully cooked (toothsome).

Chicken stock

9.

Next, add the butternut squash puree and stir to combine. Continue to cook over medium-low heat until the rice is complete.In a separate pan, fry sage leaves in some butter until the butter starts to turn brown. Once you see the milk fats start to solidify and darken, remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter into a container to cool. Remove the fried sage leaves and set aside.

Unsalted butter

10.

Add a few tablespoons of maple syrup to the risotto along with a little bit of the browned butter. Also grate in a lot of parmesan and stir until everything is melted.

Maple syrup

Parmesan

11.

Roughly chop your reserved butternut squash flesh and add it to the pot for some texture. Stir and season with kosher salt and white pepper.

Salt and pepper

White pepper

12.

Plate the risotto in a bowl. Top it with some more browned butter and then top it with some chopped (cooked) bacon.

Bacon (cooked)

13.

Next, add some parmesan shavings to the bowl. Lastly, top it off with some of the fried sage leaves.

14.

For the Arancini

1.

Make a thin slurry of water and all purpose flour.

All purpose flour

2.

Grab a small (latke-sized) ball of leftover risotto and flatten it into a pancake with your hand. Take cubed mozzarella (or other cheese) and press into the middle.

1 cube Mozzarella or jack cheese (something melty)

Leftover risotto

3.

Use your hands to form the risotto into a ball around the cheese.

4.

Coat the ball in the water-flour slurry and then add it to a bowl to cover it with panko bread crumbs.

Panko bread crumbs

5.

Drop the balls into a deep fryer or a dutch oven filled with vegetable oil, set to 350°F. Fry for 7-10 minutes, flipping occasionally until they are crispy and golden brown all over.

Oil for frying

6.

Set aside to dry on a paper towel. Plate them and serve with warm tomato sauce.

Tomato sauce (for dipping)

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