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Old 03-05-2011, 09:39 AM   #51
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oops, too late to edit.
The above post should be College Inn bold stock, not Swanson's. Good stuff.
Pacanis your pics say it all good job. Making risotto is very therapeutic so try this.
Black Risotto, I don't know if you can get fresh cuttle fish with the ink sacks so buy a few sachets of squid ink, make a good fish stock,if you have to buy it or use cubes add some chicken stock to "bulk up" the flavor, poach some squid in the stock till nearly cooked, drain and cut into pieces.
Make your risotto as you describe without the mushrooms and with the fish stock, add the chopped squid and the squid ink 2 min before you serve.

I make to much on purpose so the next day I add white crab meat, chopped shrimp and chopped mussel meat, shape into balls, flour, eggwash, coat in breadcrumbs and deep fry. I serve my balls with hollandaise sauce as a starter.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:19 AM   #52
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Squid ink? That would be an item I would probably have to special order... at a place that sells squid I presume
My area is pretty limited on the seafood it gets into its stores, but I'm not ruling out making it. Every once in a while I like to cook something a bit out of the ordinary. Thanks for the recipe
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:32 AM   #53
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Thanks. And yes, it was slightly al dente.
I cooked it pretty much how Bolas described. I sweated some shallots in butter, then added the arborio rice and stirred for a couple minutes, making sure to coat them all with the butter and until they were sizzling. Then added a glug of dry vermouth and about 1/3c of the juice (liquor) from the dried porcini mushrooms, along with the thin sliced crimini and chopped porcini. The main broth was Swanson's Bold Rotisserie Chicken. As the liquid disappeared I would add about half a cup and give it a few good stirs, let it simmer, then stir it again. I found several sources that said you do not need to stir it constantly, so I didn't. The last bit of stock took a little longer to cook in, so I guesstimated that it was about ready. I then added some fresh parm and some butter, stirred it in and figured it was ready to eat. And it was It had a very creamy texture. I should have made more.
Always the same, we make something brilliant and there is never enough! I'm glad your first experience with Risotto was good!
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:13 PM   #54
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Pacanis your pics say it all good job. Making risotto is very therapeutic so try this.
Black Risotto, I don't know if you can get fresh cuttle fish with the ink sacks so buy a few sachets of squid ink, make a good fish stock,if you have to buy it or use cubes add some chicken stock to "bulk up" the flavor, poach some squid in the stock till nearly cooked, drain and cut into pieces.
Make your risotto as you describe without the mushrooms and with the fish stock, add the chopped squid and the squid ink 2 min before you serve.

I make to much on purpose so the next day I add white crab meat, chopped shrimp and chopped mussel meat, shape into balls, flour, eggwash, coat in breadcrumbs and deep fry. I serve my balls with hollandaise sauce as a starter.
Ohmygosh Bolas, I just fell into a swooning faint. Note to self: be sure to make too much.
I know I can find squid, but not sure about the ink. I guess I could leave it out?
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Sorry if this doesn't fit the format, but here's my first attempt at making risotto. I read some recipes and youtubed the methods and this is what I came up with, never having eaten or seen it before...
This looks fantastic, pacanis! I'll bet it tastes even better!
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Ohmygosh Bolas, I just fell into a swooning faint. Note to self: be sure to make too much.
I know I can find squid, but not sure about the ink. I guess I could leave it out?
if you google Nero Di Seppia made by Riunione or just squid ink you will get a hit, it is necessary both for taste and the dramatic effect.
All hail Nero Di Bolas
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This looks fantastic, pacanis! I'll bet it tastes even better!
Thank you
I don't know why I never tried making it before.
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Thank you
I don't know why I never tried making it before.
Every time I see it, I think that I should try to make it, but it never has stayed on my radar. I know why: I cannot think what I would serve with it. The only time I had risotto was at a friend's home as a side dish. I strongly suspect it was not actual risotto as it did not have the creaminess that I hear about when people describe the dish.

After your pictures, I'm thinking that I really need to give it a try!
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Looks great pacanis!

I was going to make mine tonight but the kids wanted pot pies so I tried a new recipe for that. Will do it this week though.
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MY plans fell through, too! The day just did not allow it. And I have an unexpected day at work tomorrow. Will try for tomorrow night after class.
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