Allow 2 cups of Italian Arborio rice for 4 people
1 litre of chicken stock
( A hint from Aunt Mirella ) use a good soup cube to make
the stock, they are excellent and if you need more
stock you can easily make it
½ a medium- sized glass of white wine
A nob of butter
1 small finely chopped onion
Grated Parmisan cheese
A pinch of saffron
Put a large nob of butter and the finely chopped onion into a heavy saucepan.
Let the onion turn a pale golden colour, not brown then add the rice .
Stir the rice until it is well impregnated with the butter.
Now pour in the white wine and stir it on a moderate flame until the wine has nearly been absorbed.
Start to add in the stock, about a tea cup at a time. (You should keep the stock lightly simmering in another pan.)
Stir in the broth and while it is not necessary to keep stiring, keep an eye on it and as it absorbs into the rice add more stock.
It should take approx. 20-30 minutes but towards the end stir continuously – it depends how you like your rice. In Italy we like it “al dente” but you may prefer softer rice.
( A hint from Aunt Mirella,) use a wooden spoon rather than a metal one as it doesn’t break the rice grains
When the risotto is a creamy mixture, but not sticky add in the saffron.
Now add in another nob of butter and the grated Parmesan cheese.
Serve the Saffron Risotto as soon as the cheese and butter have melted.
Serve more butter and grated cheese separately.
Recipe No 3
STUFFED RICE BALLS (ARANCINI )
These can be made if you have some left over Saffron Risotto.
The left over saffron risotto ( Aunt Mirella doubts there will be any risotto left as it is SO delicious so make sure you make enough for the “ Arancini!)
In fact Saffron Risotto is practically Milan’s National dish.
1 egg ( depending on how much risotto you have but generally 1 egg is enough)
A couple of tea spoons of grated Parmesan cheese
A handful of bread crumbs.
Mozzarella cheese ( today, you can find Mozzarella in most delicatessens)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying ( A tip from Aunt Mirella) – use olive oil not
Mix all the ingredients (except the Mozzarella ) into a smooth mixture.
Take a couple of large spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into slightly flattened balls, press into the middle a piece of the Mozzarella and coat with breadcrumbs.
Fry the rice balls in hot oil.
( Another tip from Aunt Mirella ) –you can fry these the day before and then heat them up later
These can also be served as a first course. Kids and grown-ups love them!
(One of Ask Granny favourite’s recipes!)