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Romantic Side: Champagne Risotto

I consider risotto to be the sexiest of rice dishes. It's Italian, it's creamy, and it takes time (and love) to make it. Risotto is typically made with red or white wine, but why not jazz it up a bit for Valentine's Day by making it with champagne? It gives you a great excuse to pop open a bottle of bubbly and you can enjoy a glass or two while stirring away. Risotto pairs nicely with fish, poultry, or meat and this version can easily be modified to include pancetta or mushrooms or asparagus... whatever floats your fancy! To make this for your happy single self or for your sweet boy toy,

Champagne Risotto
From Cucina Testa Rossa

2 1/2 cups risotto rice (such as arborio)
3 shallots, chopped (or 1 onion, but I prefer shallots)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
olive oil
4-5 cups chicken stock/chicken broth (or water in a pinch)
2 cups champagne
½ cup crème fraîche (or heavy cream) – optional

  1. Sauté shallots in olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and rice and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add 1 cup of champagne and stir until almost all absorbed.
  4. Continue adding stock/broth in 1-cup amounts. Continue stirring and cook until almost done.
  5. Add champagne as last liquid and cook til done.
  6. Take off heat and stir in crème fraîche.
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 9 years
Wow, does that ever sound good!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Love risotto!
Tech Tech 10 years
Oh man, sounds fantastic. I actually saw a show about making chocolate ristto of the food network this weekend, which totally got me in the mood to try out a fun non-traditional recipe. Delish!
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
I have fixed this. It was good.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I think the recipe is supposed to list arborio or carnaroli rice instead of 'risotto' as an ingredient, is it not? Question--this is the 2nd time I came across "champagne risotto" this week. I have only used white wine or red wine in the past. I wonder whether the champagne risotto would taste significantly different from a risotto made with white wine? Because obviously the carbonation will be lost in the recipe, and flavorwise, there is not much difference between champagne and white wine when used in cooking. (I use leftover flat champagne as white wine in cooking all the time.)
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
sounds yummy n easy too
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
My risotto always turs out like paste.
Hope5 Hope5 10 years
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