Friday, November 27, 2009

Risotto alla Milanese (in the Rice Cooker)

To celebrate Cook Japan’s little sister getting a new job, I thought I’d invite her round for one of her favourites dishes…Risotto alla Milanese…
This is a famous Milanese version of risotto cooked with saffron.  The think is, I’ve never cooked risotto before in my life…so given that I also invited my risotto-cooking cousin as well it was a real gamble hoping that I could pull this meal off…
…but before I even started worrying about risotto I’d also decided to make a raft of antipasti dishes to get the dinner started.
So along with some olives, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and Italian meats from the shops, I also opted to make a variety of toppings for some crostini.  First up was grilled vegetables (easy), followed by a cannellini bean and garlic puree that was then topped with rosemary infused olive oil…
We also tucked into some porcini mushrooms grilled with herbs and mozzarella…
…and some lemons stuffed with mozzarella, basil, anchovy fillets and sun dried tomatoes which were really yummy!
So with all that taken care, it was down to the pièce de résistance…my first time at the hands of a pot of risotto, but this was not any old risotto, it was a double first as it was cooked in my trusty Cook Japan rice cooker!
First up, chopped shallots were braised in butter and olive oil then in went the Arborio rice which was cooked until translucent along with the wine…
…all that was left was to add the saffron infused stock and the remaining stock, switch the rice cooker to “porridge” mode and tuck into the rest of the food while we waited.
No need to constantly stir the risotto and pay attention to the stove, instead after 20-minutes it switched to “keep warm” so in went some more butter then just before serving a pile of grated parmesan to finish the dish off….
…of course I’m biased, but I thought it was really nice and more importantly my sister who lived for a few years in Milan, where she got her love for the dish, though it was great. 
So next time you want to make risotto do it in the rice cooker! 
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Alisa@Foodista said...

Yum, that looks delicious! I've never thought of making one in my rice cooker,it really makes cooking risotto easy :)

Cook Japan said...

thanks Alisa - it was soooooooo easy, "perfect" risotto without any of the complications

Sanjana said...

Great post! Love the pics!