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Sunday, May 17, 2009

slow and steady wins


R
isotto is a labor of love. To get creamy smooth risotto and still not have mushy rice is a skill worth learning.



I made this pancetta, scallion and dried wild mushroom risotto with quattro formaggio to test that very skill and as much as I wanted to hurry it along I am glad I didnt; oh and the 4 cheeses are parmesan, asiago, fontina and provolone (in case you were taking notes)



The risotto is creamy and cheesey with the salty bite from the pancetta balanced nicely with the earthiness from the mushrooms.

47 comments:

Cynthia said...

My friend that risotto is looks sooooo good! You are a master indeed.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Risotto is one of life's pleasures, so it's certainly worth taking the time. Yours looks great.

Jill said...

I could eat risotto everyday. I love it. I enjoy cooking it too. It's relaxing for me. I was fortunate to have my first dish in Venice...saffron risotto with huge briney shrimp...pure heaven. This is a mouth-watering post. So far all I've had today was the breakfast burrito my husband brought home from the hospital this morning. You've inspired me to break out my arborio tonight after I send him off to work another night shift...he isn't a huge risotto lover. Just means more for me!

girlichef said...

Perfect...those flavors, mmmmmmm goooood. :P

Reeni♥ said...

You just brought back my appetite! Pure bliss on a plate. Perfection.

Mandi said...

Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!

doggybloggy said...

cynthia: thank-you very much....

linda: it is one of lifes pleasures isnt it?

jill: go for it - and I loved knowing a little more about you from a culinary perspective...

girlichef: the aroma from the dried mushrooms crumbled over the steaming rice was heavenly

reeni: then my work here is finished...

mandi: I'll second that....

giz said...

I have this love affair going on with wild mushrooms and my absolute favourite risotto is, of course, wild mushroom. Can't beat it and you've done it great justice.

Jenn said...

I think you just perfected the art of cooking risotto. That is one dish I have yet to conquer.

That looks really good right about now with the added mushrooms. yum!!

Sweta said...

Never eaten a risotto before-I'm sure it must taste great with those 4 cheeses. Need to taste it first before I try making it at home.

fourthsensesamayal said...

Yummy Yummy it looks.. :)

Pooja said...

Wow risotto with four cheeses! Yummy!

Elyse said...

Oh my gah, this risotto looks AMAZING. Man oh man, slow and steady truly does win. (Although, I'm tempted to do the "instant gratification" thing and just ask if I can have some of your risotto.) Sorry that I’ve been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader.

Emily said...

I freaking love risotto. This looks cheesy and delicious.

TavoLini said...

Oh wow--that sounds about perfect! So much delicious cheese :)

5 Star Foodie said...

This looks nice and creamy and I am imagining that crispy pancetta and the mushroom flavor - yummmm!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your risotto looks perfect. With that cheese combination, you bet it's worth waiting for!

Jamie said...

I absolutely love risotto but have never made one with all of these flavors combined! Wow! I'll bet it was amazing - slow cooking and slow savoring every mouthful. MMM. I find risotto to be the most sensuous food ever invented.

Maryann said...

ahhh! Nice job! If I keep that 20 minute marker in my mind when I'm making risotto, it usually comes out perfect :)

mermayd said...

that looks delicious..your description of the way the flavors meld is moth-watering

buffalodick said...

Isn't the trick of that stuff to stir constantly? Ingredients sounded great together..

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Beautiful - I haven't made risotto in so long, but the thought of mushrooms and cheese really inspires the imagination and the appetite right now.

Pam said...

I've still never made risotto - yours looks so creamy and delicious.

pigpigscorner said...

WHat a creamy mush! yum yum!

Bina said...

How is it that I have never even HEARD of some of the thing you cook? Must be from growing up poor and eating hamburger meat or hot dogs almost every freaking day.

Now I need to go search for this and see what the heck it is!

Bina said...

Okay, I just looked it up. It actually sounds really good!

Donna-FFW said...

Slow and steady always leads to pure indulgent satifaction.

Nicely done as always.

oneshotbeyond said...

I haven't made this...I only have ordered it out. Maybe b.c of my lack of patience!

The Diva on a Diet said...

~swoon!~

Is there anything better than a risotto with mushrooms? No, I think not. Yours looks especially inviting, doggy.

Dawn said...

yes, slow and steady and lots of patience.
any leftovers? you can make risotto cakes, fried. so good.
I love all the cheeses in here.

Marjie said...

I made risotto once. It took a long time, which is a luxury I usually don't have. This looks great!

duodishes.com said...

Smiles all around! This risotto epitomizes creamy, deliciousness.

snugs said...

recipe NOW!

Tangled Noodle said...

Creamy. Rice. Heaven.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Oh that looks divine and creamy, that is definitely not gonna be enough for me!!!

doggybloggy said...

wow did I fall behind my response - abilities...

recipes are in the (e) mail...LOL

Leela said...

Risotto is something I have yet to get good at. It looks like it's easy to make, but it's not - to me, anyway. Yours looks amazing.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always wanted to try risotto but I'm so impatient!

lisaiscooking said...

Four cheeses and mushrooms in a risotto is a perfect meal for me. Looks incredible.

ARUNA said...

OMG that risotto looks soooo delightful!!!! Amazing pics!

~Dana said...

I have never made Risotto. I'll have to give it a try.

Pavithra said...

Risotto is looking so yummy and creamy. Love to have a spoon.

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

*drool* I want to stick a form tight into my screen. lol

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I love coming to your blog and seeing "simple food" ta he he. You are right about risotto....I love making it!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I've never personally made risotto but yours looks so good. Perhaps I don't have the patience. Looks like you've made the perfect risotto.
Sam

Hornsfan said...

deliciouso - this is a skill i've never attempted but these photos make me want to now!

Tanya Kristine said...

mmm...i'm as creamyas yummy risotto.

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