Risotto con fiori di zucca e zucchine (risotto with squash)

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pounds Baby zucchini; blossoms attached
2 tablespoons Olive oil
½ cup Minced onion
1 tablespoon Minced shallot
1½ cup Arborio or Carnaroli rice
½ cup Dry white wine
¼ teaspoon Salt; or to taste
4½ cup Boiling chicken or veal stock -; (to 5
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¼ teaspoon Saffron threads
6 tablespoons Unsalted butter; in 6 pieces
1 cup Grated Parmigiano
\N \N Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste

Separate and wash the zucchini and blossoms. Slice the zucchini in ¼-inch rounds and the blossoms crosswise into thirds. In a wide, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil and saute the onion and shallot until translucent. Add the zucchini and blossoms and saute until wilted. Add the rice and toast lightly, turning constantly, until well coated with oil. Add the wine and cook until it evaporates. Add salt, 1 cup of the boiling stock, and the saffron, and cook 18 to 20 minutes, stirring constantly and adding stock repeatedly as previous batches are absorbed. (The finished risotto should be creamy, not milky). Remove from the stove and stir in the butter, incorporating it thoroughly. Then stir in the cheese and freshly-ground pepper, and serve immediately.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

Source: "CHEF DU JOUR - (Show # DJ-9253) - from the TV FOOD NETWORK" S(Formatted for MC5): "07-30-1999 by Joe Comiskey - joecomiskey@..."

Recipe by: Lidia Bastianich

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