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pre prepping risotto

hotsauce28 Jun 22, 2008 02:27 PM

Planning on making risotto tonight as a main but I don't want to be in the kitchen the whole time the apps are being served.

Is there a way i can cheat to cut down the cooking time.

I'm wondering if I leave the dry risotto in the broth, will it cut the cooking time or will it turn into ricecake?

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    harryharry Jun 22, 2008 03:46 PM

    You can cook the risotto to just one step before it is finished - spread it out on a sheet pan and let it cool - before finishing, make sure the broth is hot, put the risotto back in the pot and warm, then add the hot broth and finish - Do NOT leave risotto in the broth to sit it will turn to mush.

    I also remember reading, recently, about a chef in NY who does a baked risotto at his restaurant, you might try a search online.

    1. greygarious Jun 22, 2008 03:56 PM

      Check the Cooks Illustrated archives. They worked up a streamlined version of risotto a few years ago.

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        hotsauce28 Jun 27, 2008 01:53 PM

        I went on cooks illustrated.. you have to pay for use their site. =(

        I think i need to practice making risotto, period!
        I just can't seem to get it perfect.

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        leehunbeltipo Jun 27, 2008 08:56 PM

        you can do the restaurant cheating method and just cook aborio to al dente, save some of the cooking water, and then finish it later when you want to.

        or you can cook it regularly, but then add broth when ready to serve to cream it per se

        1. jdm Jun 28, 2008 08:31 AM

          you can also pressure cook it. I know, I was skeptical, but it works. 10 minutes; start to finish, and very little stirring.

          1. aspiringourmet Jun 28, 2008 09:48 PM

            how did you manage?

            we have an open kitchen, and i enjoy cooking the risotto while guests are there. taking turns stirring as we sip wine...

            im sure i turned out wonderfully! what did you out in it?

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              EdwardAdams Jun 29, 2008 10:55 AM

              The formality of preparing risotto by the laborious slow adding and constant stirring is definitely a technique that needs to be challenged. I remember hearing Michael Chiarello saying that when feeding a crowd he precooks barley(!) and finished the risotto with the flavoring ingredients and rice flour. He attributed the technique to Lidia Bastianich.

              Obviously, with the pros messing around with tradition, home cooks can do it as well.

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