Sunday, March 14, 2010
Risotto Daring Cooks
This was not my favorite recipe and I wouldn't post it except it is part of the Daring Cook's challenge. Eleanor and Jess choose risotto with a homemade stock for this month's challenge.
We enjoy risotto. For this challenge I thought that I would try something that I had never tried. I have never made my own beef broth. I decided to make some beef broth out of shanks, onion, red wine and water. Then I chose a recipe that required beef broth from Marcella Hazan's Marcella Cucina. Risotto with Sausages and Cranberry Beans.
It was a simple recipe with cranberries beans, pork sausage, onions, beef broth and risotto.
Hazan says that the final step of risotto is the mantecare. It means to work butter or cream into what you are cooking. It is what gives the risotto some of its creamy consistency.
The mantecare for this recipe included better and parmigiano-reggiano cheese. The risotto was ok, I have had rice and beans made with white rice that I enjoyed more. The beans are mashed against the edge of the pot to add some creamy consistency.
I have some risotto recipes that I enjoy more.