People may shy away from risotto because of it's long and involved cooking time. Well, let me tell you, the result is well worth it. In my experience, every risotto follows the same basic premise: saute some onions and garlic in oil and butter, add the risotto and coat with the oil until it is opaque, then add liquid and wait for it to come to it's creamy, rich goodness. Then add any extra ingredients. You really don't need to stir continually, just watch it and when the liquid starts evaporating, give it another stir and go on preparing the rest of your meal.
I served this particular risotto with a grilled Porterhouse steak and sauteed zucchini and tomatoes. Enjoy!
from FayeD on What's Cooking board on The Nest
Makes 6 servings
1/2 small onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
2+ tablespoons olive oil
2 cups Arborio rice
12 oz. bottle of beer (preferably not light beer)
49.5 ounce can of chicken broth
5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pour chicken broth into medium saucepan. Keep warm over low heat.
Heat large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Heat just until butter is melted. Add onion and saute for 3-5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Turn heat to medium-high and add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just until fragrant.
Add rice and saute for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until opaque, adding more olive oil as necessary to coat the rice.
This dish was made last minute; so all I had were green onions. They were quite tasty!
Pour in beer, turn heat up to high until it starts to simmer.
Turn heat back to medium-low and add the chicken broth 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until liquid dissolves. You may not need to use all of the chicken broth - risotto should be creamy and just slightly al dente. This should take 30 minutes or more.
Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses and cayenne pepper.
I think due to it's texture (or my paltry photography skills), risotto does not photograph very well. Don't let that stop you from making this!