Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Simple Shellfish Risotto


C and I love risotto. It's hearty, warm, tasty and an elegant one-dish meal that soaks up all the yummy flavours of the stock used. Shellfish risotto is one of our favourite variations. Cooked in a rich shellfish stock—usually prawn or crab based—it goes with just about any shellfish, though we like the soft white and coral flesh of crayfish best. Alas, that day we decided to cook it last week, there was nary a crayfish to be found. So we settled on scallops, whose texture is equally tender, but with a slightly stronger taste of the sea. That's fine as long as the scallops are fresh and sweet. There are few things worse than less-than-fresh scallops to leave a stale, fishy taste in the mouth.

As a base for this winningly simple dish, I used chopped onions, garlic and bacon in a mix of butter and olive oil. Because I also added morels (C's new favourite mushroom), I added its stock to the shellfish stock to give it an extra, albeit, subtle taste dimension. To serve, a few drops of truffle oil for a touch of luxe.

7 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

that picture is gorgeous and making me very hungry since i havent had my dinner yet...

12:18 pm  
Anonymous deborah said...

hi there... what a gorgeous, simple photo!

i am a big fan of risotto as well. infact i have a bag of prawn shells to use for a fish stock... will have to add that to boil soon!

2:19 pm  
Anonymous jared said...

Very nice. At least I can stop worrying about what's for dinner tonight. The crayfish, I miss. Spent a few years as a kid living in Baton Rouge, and we used to catch the edible size in local creeks for mom to boil up. Where I live now, not so much....

8:51 am  
Blogger J said...

hiya, awesome looking risotto! morels will surely prove to be a very expensive habit ;)

9:15 pm  
Blogger shaz said...

yummy. Very few places serve good risottos in singapore. We are so deprived!

10:03 pm  
Blogger jenjen said...

risotto is one of those rustic dishes that when all dressed up is a whole other dish. Yours is the Cinderella of risottos!

6:07 pm  
Blogger Andreea said...

lovely risotto. one of my favorite dishes

4:39 am  

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