Monday, November 17, 2008
I made risotto
Well, it only took me three months to get around to making risotto! Remember how excited I was when I bought the saffron in July? I found the perfect recipe by Ina Garten. It's was a Butternut Squash Rissotto with Saffron. You can find it here on the Food Network site.
All in all it wasn't hard, you just have to be patient. I'll admit I was a stirring maniac for about 45 minutes, which was actually longer than the recipe called for but the result was so worth it! After you made the risotto you added in roasted butternut squash (one of my favorite fall flavors) and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. We ate it as the main dish for our meal and had a side of green salad. It was perfect and actually romantic.
A side on my relationship with risotto. I am a huge fan of Hell's Kitchen and have watched all of its seasons. Chef Ramsay is a stickler for perfect risotto and they make it every season. When I was living in New York City, my husband and I went to one of Gordon's restaurants and I ordered his risotto--it truly was perfection. I did not want it to end. Ever since, I've wanted to try my own--and knowing it will never quite be the same as Gordon's, I can try...and it can sure bring back great memories.