Friday, January 12, 2007

Apple Risotto

We all like to curl in our own comfort zone...

In the pub always pick the same spot to stand even it stinks...

Only call that Chinese restaurant for delivery even there are dozens around...

Today my husband helped me to translate Francesca's recipe.

"Apple, balsamic vinegar". Mm.

"and parmesan". Mmm.

"Apple, balsamic vinegar, parmesan into risotto" Mmmmmmmm...

Hesitation? yes. Due to different food culture, and/or personal experience. But put in this way, when we have no intention we can put out many more logical reasons to defend our comfort zone. So I went try, and was glad I did! It's one of the most amasing recipes ... I feel each grain purring under a velvety blanket of cream while the tangy taste elevating this dazzling sensation to the next level of freshness and cleanness. Francesca's this recipe won a blog event, there's no doubt about it!
Apple Risotto
(Recipe courtesy of Francesca, original recipe is called risotto aceto balsamico tradizionale modena)
Ingredients: (yield 2 servings as the first course)
  • 1 cup riso carnaroli superfino
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • few dashes of white wine
  • 1 small apple, peel and diced
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar of Modena
  • a few cups vegetable broth
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp parmiggiano reggiano
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Directions

  • Let the broth simmer in a pot throughtout all the following process. Soak the diced apple in cream.
  • In a skillet, heat olive oil, saute the shallot for a minute, stir in rice and saute for another 2 minutes, add wine.
  • Spoon some broth by a ladle into the rice, lower the heat to simmer, stir and add broth constantly (refer the cooking direction on the rice's pack). About half way done (10 minutes), add the apple and cream. When almost done (another 7 minutes for me), stir in cheese and butter. Drizzle balsamic vinegar to finish.

26 comments:

Meeta said...
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Meeta said...

MMMMHH! This does sound so delicious. Glad you tried the recipe and I am even more glad that you chose to share it with us.

WhItE_PoPlAr said...

Gattina, I really would love to try this. Do you think it will be suitable for a hot day? If yes I am going to make it very soon. Out of idea for summer food now! Thanks dear. :)

Gattina said...

Meeta, you're welcome. it's very good!

Anh, personally I feel it's more autumn. And best to eat risotto when it's very hot. Oh dear, that 39C is too hard to take...

Angie said...

Gattina, it's so hard to catch up with your posts, so many delish food from your 'new kitchen' these days :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Gattina, risotto is my favorite food in the whole world!

Apples soaked in cream?? Parmesan cheese?? It doesn't get any better then that!

Asha said...

That is soooo good Gattina!Photos are excellent.A great dish!Enjoy.

Ellie said...

Absolutely amazing! I'm intruiged by the fruit in a risotto idea (I've only ever had savoury risottos) but this looks too marvelous to resist!

Brilynn said...

I've been wanting to make a sweet risotto ever since the last Donna Hay event but haven't gotten around to it yet, this definitely makes me want to.

Lera said...

What alovely picture,hmmmmm I am just drooling, Gattina dear, you are gonna make my self control disappear with your delicious posts.Thanks for sharing & happy weekend :))

burcu said...

What a nice presentation! Gattina, I loved those small, cute, glass plates.

Gattina said...

Angie, your work busy? did see you update for a while ...

Pat sweetie! same! Just give me a plate of risotto (or any rice) I'm the happiest woman in the world!

Asha, you're always so sweet!

Ellie, it's also savory. From my observation Italians very often use fruit in cooking.

Brilynn, try it! but you got to leave your Doris for a minute, hehee.

Lera, oh thanks! You have a great weekend too!

Burcu, thanks! Sale everywhere after the holiday. Believe or not, I only paid USD1.5 for these two plates (they're candle holders... shhhhhhh... :D)

Ivonne said...

MMMMMMMMMMMM ... with capital letters! I love your reinterpretation of Francesca's recipe!

Lis said...

I think this looks so creamy good!! I love apples in a sweet/savory dish!

You did such a beautiful job presenting it as well.. what a great photo! :D

xoxo

Callipygia said...

I am so intrigued and I love that you challenged your comfort zone, we all need to do that time and again!

sher said...

Ahhh. Risotto is one of my favorite meals. And that looks perfect. I love the way you plated it, in that perfect little tower. A tower of perfection! I've never made apple risotto, but now it's in my mind and I won't be satisfied until I do. The picture of the risotto grains on the fork is wonderful!

Francesca said...

Gattina!! You try my risotto, thanks a lot! Your photo are very very beautiful, you are a very good cook and photographer. Really. Tanto baci per te, tuo marito e tua figlia. Have a goof weekend!

Orchidea said...

Beautiful composition for your risotto... the photos are just great! I have never tried apple with risotto by I will.
Ciao.

jacob said...

jeez, that looks awesome!

paz said...

Very interesting recipe!

Paz

Sandeepa said...

Liked the way you wrote, very true and also the lines " I feel each grain purring under a velvety blanket of cream while the tangy taste elevating this dazzling sensation to the next level of freshness and cleanness" so very nice

Gattina said...

Ivonne :D :D :D :D :D :D you made my day!

Lis sweetie *smooch*

callipygia, yup, really have nothing to loose :)

Sher, thanks for your kind words :D Please show your risotto dish of any recipe if you have a chance, I know it must be a good one!

Francesca, Baci! Your recipe is really fantastic!

Sabrina, please try if you have a chance, very good indeed! Thanks for your complement :D

Jacob, thanks for your visit! You have an awesome blog!

Paz, oh thank you dear!

Sandeepa, you're so sweet!

LittleHands said...

Gattina, lovely new layout :-). Very nice presentation for this Apple Risotto. If only you're staying here, then I also gonna camp outstide yr door, LOL!

Gattina said...

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii, jolene :D

archana said...

I see, there is a poet in you ! Loved the way you described it. The recipe sounds delicious and the photo as always, splendid !

Britt-Arnhild said...

Mmmm, apple risotto. I've never heard of that before.Looks yummy.