Risotto Milanese accompanies Ossobuco beautifully. I am pairing these two dishes together as they are a match made in heaven. For all of us experiencing the cold weather in Melbourne keeping warm with some delicious comfort food during the week or weekend can be wonderful. Home cooked, hearty food to warm the soul inside and out, to keep up the winter vitality.
1 onion (finely chopped)
40 grams butter (unsalted)
400 grams Arborio Rice
1 glass dry white wine
1.5 litres vegetable stock (hot)
1 sachet saffron (10 grams)
6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons olive oil
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes + 2 minutes resting time
Serves: 4 people
Heat the vegetable stock in a pot large enough and when it comes to a simmer turn off the heat. Add the saffron threads to the stock and allow to infuse for a few minutes until the stock becomes a orange in colour.
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and saute until the onion has softened. Add the rice and cook for a few minutes stirring. Add the wine into the rice. Gradually start adding the stock and continue stirring until the stock evaporates into the rice. Add more stock and continue to stir the rice until it has absorbed more stock. Continue this process until all the stock has been used and the rice has released its starches, has a creamy consistency and is al dente. The al dente rice is still firm in the centre of the grain while the rest is soft and the rice has released all its starches into the dish. Towards the end stir in the butter and then add the Parmesan cheese. Continue to stir until thoroughly melted and combined with the risotto. Allow to stand for a few minutes and you are ready to serve.
To cook a good risotto, you must always stir the rice throughout the whole cooking process. The stock must be hot or simmering whilst being added to the rice. You do not want the rice to stick to the bottom of the pan and burn. The temperature must be on medium to high for the risotto to bubble away in the pot with the stock. The final result is a creamy consistency and the rice a little al dente.