Italian: risotto with crabmeat and basil

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 tablespoons Butter
1 small Onion, minced
1½ cup Arborio rice* or medium-
\N \N Grain
5 cups Chicken stock or canned
\N \N Broth
½ cup Whipping cream
3½ ounce Fresh goat cheese (such as
\N \N Montrachet)
8 ounces Crabmeat
⅓ cup Chopped fresh basil or 1
\N \N Teaspoon dried, crumbled

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add minced onion and saute' until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add rice and saute' 1 minute. Add 1 cup chicken stock to rice, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently. Continue adding enough of remaining chicken stock 1 cup at a time until rice is just tender but still firm to bite, stirring frequently and allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding next, about 20 minutes. Add whipping cream and simmer 2 minutes. Mix in goat cheese, then crabmeat and chopped basil. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper.

* Arborio, an Italian short-grain rice, is available at Italian markets and some specialty food stores.

In Santa Barbara, California, ALLEGRO offers this fine starter.

SOURCE: Bon Appetit Favorite Restaurant Recipes, Volume II Shared by Cate Vanicek

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