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Risotto Recipe

Butter is the secret to happiness . . . and good risotto. If you haven’t noticed yet, you will soon enough. No recipe that graces my cookbook contains margarine. Butter. Its rich, creamy goodness brings happiness to all. Even your arteries. Ask them. Would they rather be free-flowing or would they rather be clogged with delicious, fat-laden butter. I mean really. Some things are worth dying for. Your family. Your Country. Buttered popcorn.

When I lived in Kaktovik, I befriended a teaching couple. Nice folks, but they were vegetarians. Being a vegetarian in a subsistence community above the Arctic Circle where nothing grows—definitely no vegetables—has to be a challenge. So, when they came to my house for dinner, I tried to make food they could eat. I later found out that they weren’t vegetarians they were vegans. What the hell did they eat? I hope I didn’t kill them off with the butter and cheese in my risotto. Oh yeah, and the chicken broth. Although, it couldn’t have been too bad because they always took second helpings.

Aerial View of Kaktovik

Downtown Kaktovik, Alaska

Friendly Neighbors

My Risotto was in the truck and this dude wasn't about to share

Silly man, give him the risotto. I'll make more

2 cups mushrooms
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup Arborio rice
3 cups chicken broth
1 cup Asiago cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons parsley
¼ cup butter

Sauté mushrooms, onions and garlic in the oil until soft. Remove from the pan and using the remaining oil, stir in the rice. Brown the rice—about 5 minutes. Slowly add 1 cup of broth. Stir until liquid is gone. Add 1 more cup of broth. Stir until liquid is gone. Add remaining cup of broth. Stir until the liquid is gone—around 20 minutes total for the entire process. Make sure the rice is soft—not crunchy. Remove rice from heat and stir in cheeses, parsley and butter. Top with mushrooms and onions.

This is wonderful served with steamed seafood and/or veggies.


Comments on: "Risotto Recipe" (3)

  1. This sounds delicious!

  2. Mmmm. I believe I actually have arborio rice in the cupboard.
    I love the picture of the risotto seeking bear!

  3. Madison Woods said:

    Now I’m hungry! That looks great. Never tried risotto before, but it sounds like something I’d like. And yes, definitely real butter. None of that fake stuff in my house either.

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