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Risotto alla Milanese

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Another overdue post… Sorry! One of my all time favourites (the other being risotto al funghi), risotto alla milanese as the name suggests, originates from Milan – the northern part of Italy. You may notice the strong influence of the north with the ingredients used – butter, beef marrow and most importantly saffron. This time around, I have used Iranian variety. Saffron as most of you would know, is the stigma derived from the purple coloured crocus flower. As each flower has only 3 stigmas, it takes a whole lot of flowers to produce an ounce of saffron, hence it is still worth it’s weight in gold. Saffron is widely cultivated in Southwest Asia.

Risotto alla Milanese
Risotto alla Milanese
185ml dry white vermouth or white wine
large pinch of saffron threads
1.5l chicken stock
100g butter
75g beef marrow
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
360g risotto rice (arborio, vialone nano or carnaroli)
50g pecorino cheese

Put the vermouth in a bowl, add the saffron and leave to soak. Put the stock in a saucepan, bring to a boil and then maintain at a low simmer.

Melt the butter and beef marrow in a large wide heavy-based saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened but not browned. Add the rice and reduce the heat to low. Season and stir briefly to thoroughly coat the rice.

Add the vermouth and saffron to the rice. Increase the heat and cook, stirring, until all the liqued has been absorbed. Stir in a ladleful of the simmering stock and cook over moderate heat, stirring continuously. Continue like this for about 20 minutes, until all the stock has been added and the rice is al dente. You may not need to use all the stock, or may need a little extra – every risotto will be slightly different).

Stir in a handful of pecorino cheese and serve the rest on the side for people to help themselves. Makes 5 very generous secondi portions.


Written by Leo

20 May 2008 at 23:26

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  1. Again kor, it’s 11:04pm here in Aussieland, I have not eaten dinner and the first thing I saw when your page loaded was risotto. and my tummy instantly went *groan*. (: You have just made me resort to eating very unhealthy, fatty HungryJack’s just so I don’t go to bed unhappy. Hahaha. I so blame you.


    21 May 2008 at 21:07

  2. hahaha my fault again?? alamak!i hope u’d eat something healthy soon muiz.. 😀


    21 May 2008 at 22:42

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