Hello everyone, I hope you had a nice weekend. I enjoyed relaxing with my family and it was wonderful.
Today, I’m sharing with you a video showcasing Gennaro Contaldo. Mr. Cantaldo is an Italian chef and restaurateur. He is well known and highly respected in London and is currently partnered with Chef Jamie Oliver and Chef Oliver’s restaurant chain “Jamie’s Italian”
In the video, Chef Contaldo shows you how to prepare a basic RISOTTO BIANCO, then goes on to show 3 variations: Mushroom, Pumpkin and Asparagus.
Making risotto is relatively easy, as long as you use the right ingredients. This is key to good risotto, don’t skimp on the wine or use the wrong rice. Here are a few tips:
- Use “Risotto Rice” . Since rice is the star of the show, using the right knd of rice is very important. Don’t use just any old kind of rice. The most well known and widely available is Arborio, however Carnaroli and Vialone Nano are 2 alternatives.
- Use good quality white wine– Don’t use cooking wine. Use wine you would drink or serve to guests. Wine adds depth and flavor to the dish.
- Make sure your stock is HOT!-SOOO important. Trust me on this one.
- Use good quality parmesan cheese-Don’t use pre-shredded parmesan or the stuff in a plastic container. Get a proper wedge and grate it as needed, just as Chef Contaldo does in the video. Pre-shredded cheese comes with fillers and “anti-clumping” chemicals that you don’t need in your risotto.
If you follow Chef Contaldo’s directions in the video below and the tips above, your risotto will turn out beautifully. Ingredients really do matter. I’ve tried short cuts and I’ve tried the proper technique with the proper ingredients. The end result is worth the effort, and extra expense. Happy Monday everyone!
ENJOY and BON APPETIT!
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