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Feb 9, 2014 06:55 PM

What flavors of risotto are best without cheese, cream or butter?

I've invited the new neighbors for dinner. She can't eat dairy products; I'm on a risotto kick.

What risotti are delicious without cheese, cream, or butter?

I'll throw out a dairy-free tip. I was fortunate to stay at The Hotel Danieli in Venice last autumn at ate at the Terrazza restaurant a couple times. I had a risotto served with crunchy breadcrumbs on top. They had been shredded from fresh bread (almost 1/4 inch in size) and crisped in butter. The contrast between the creamy rice and the crunchy breadcrumbs was spectacular. I'm sure it could be done with olive oil as well. Sadly, I don't remember what flavor the risotto itself was.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Yes , squash, but even better than butternut, kabocha, which is much more flavorful IMO.

      1. re: magiesmom

        You could serve brown butter and parm on the side for this one. It's one of our favs.

    2. I think I'd find something else to make -- risotto would just be rice without the parm.

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        1. re: sunshine842

          A seafood risotto can be fine with no Parm, IMO. Especially if a splash of vermouth or a few shavings of fennel are involved.

          Those who want it could just add at table.

          Edit: I see that linguafood has already mentioned this. My bad.


          1. re: Robin Joy

            A pointer to a Jamie Oliver recipe is always welcome.

          1. re: Springhaze2

            Thanks for all those links. I'm not familiar with the dairy-free sites. The lemon-shrimp and the mushroom look particularly good.

          2. I make a mushroom risotto that is dairy-free - I use margarine or smart balance and olive oil to saute the onions and mushrooms and toaste the risotto, and I don't add any cream or cheese

            1. This one is very good... you could easily leave out the butter (just use olive oil) and cheese I think

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