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Lemon Risotto

Author/Submitted by: Bon Appetit, May 2002
Servings: 6
Categories: Italian / Rice / Side Dish

6  cups  chicken broth
3 1/2  tablespoons  butter
1 1/2  tablespoons  olive oil
2  large  shallots, chopped
2  cups  arborio rice, or medium-grain white rice
1/4  cup  dry white wine
1  cup  parmesan cheese, grated
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
2  tablespoons  fresh lemon juice
4  teaspoons  grated lemon peel

Bring broth to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cover to keep warm. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and saute until tender, about 6 minutes. Add rice; stir 1 minute. Add wine and stir until evaporated, about 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups hot broth; simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. Add remaining broth 1/2 cup at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is creamy and tender, about 35 minutes. Stir in cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in parsley, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Season risotto with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.

Lemon juice and peel offer a double punch of flavor in this delicious dish. Serve the risotto Italian-style as a first course, or American-style as a main course.

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