This recipe makes a
delicious risotto with strawberries. I have seen
on the web that there are a lot of different
strawberry risotto recipes. The secret for me is
to keep it very simple and not to use any cheese
or cream. Why? The taste of the strawberries is
very delicate and cheese or cream shade it. I
have seen that in Italian American cuisine
there is a large use of cheese and it is put
almost everywhere. Not in Italy and this reminds
me the funny face of waiters in Italy when they
see Americans put cheese on spaghetti with
clams. There are so many dishes where cheese is
considered a no no. Mainly for everything that
is considered having a delicate taste cheese is
not used. I have tried both recipes with cream
and cheese and without and the fragrance of the
strawberries is more intact with the second one.
For the rice you should use the short round
Italian varietals like riso
Arborio, riso superfino Carnaroli and riso
Vialone Nano, just to mention some.
Ingredients: rice, strawberries one and a half
cup, butter one table spoon, a small onion, a
cup of white wine, a meat bouillon diluted in
two cups of warm water or better chicken or meat
For me it is good use to wash the rice and
keeping it in water at least half an hour before
the cooking. The rice that way absorbs water and
cooks better. It is for me bringing the rice
back to its origins. For the strawberries wash
them than cut them into pieces and keep them in
the wine for at least half an hour before
cooking. The wine has to be a delicate wine with
good acidity. I used a Washington Riesling. The
wine has a good price it is good for the cooking
and what is left goes very well to be served
with the risotto.
Fry the onion in the butter than add the rice.
The main thing of a risotto is the continuous
stirring with a wooden spoon adding the warm
broth or the in warm water diluted bouillon
little by little.
Depending on the rice usually the cooking of a
risotto takes twenty minutes. After ten minutes
add the strawberries with the wine and continue
stirring until rice is ready.