I'm an avid reader of The Pioneer Woman Cooks! Not only does she never cease to crack me up with her commentary, but her food always looks mouth watering. One day I came across her Perfect Risotto recipe. I thought nothing of it then because I thought risotto would be one of those things I would never even attempt to make. That is, until Lindsey made her lemon risotto with shrimp and peas a few weeks ago and I gave it a try. When I didnt have such great success with that recipe because I didn't like the pecorino romano cheese, I thought back to Pioneer Woman's Perfect Risotto. I rushed to her website/blog and feverishly copied down the ingredients and directions and set out to make up a half batch to have with some steaks my husband and I recently got from Omaha Steaks.
I set out to make this risotto with only parmesan cheese. When I was prepping everything, I decided to grate some of that pecorino romano I still have leftover from my last risotto attempt. In the end, this risotto turned out amazing, and was, in fact, perfect. :)
PIONEER WOMAN'S PERFECT RISOTTO
Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
Here are the measurements scaled down for about 3 servings:
1/2 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 Tbsp butter (I only had unsalted in the fridge)
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 lb Arborio rice
32 oz. carton of reduced sodium chicken broth
1/4-1/2 cup light cream
1 cup grated cheese (your choice of parmesan, romano and/or asiago)
salt & pepper to taste
1. Heat oil and butter in skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until soft and translucent.
2. Add arborio rice to pan and stir. Add about 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Reduce heat to low. When broth is absorbed, add another 1/2 cup (I just used a ladle) and stir until absorbed, repeating process until rice is to desired tenderness.
3. Remove pan from heat and stir in the cheese.
4. Add a few splashes of cream and stir.
5. Stir in chopped chives, season with salt and pepper and serve hot.
6. Proceed to make the chocolate chip cookie bars blogged above!