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PRAWN & PINE NUT RISOTTO
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 quart reduced-sodium chicken broth, warmed
  • 1/4 cup chile-garlic flavored butter
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
  • 1 carrot, cut into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 large red chile pepper, minced
  • ground black pepper to taste
    1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in Arborio rice until well coated in oil; continue cooking until both the onion and rice begin to turn golden-brown, about 8 minutes.
    2. Pour in the white wine and stir until evaporated. Pour in 1/3 of the hot chicken broth; stir constantly as the risotto simmers and slowly absorbs the broth, about 8 minutes. Add half of the remaining broth, and continue stirring until absorbed, about another 8 minutes.
    3. Stir in chile-garlic butter, shrimp, carrot, pine nuts, black olives, and red chile pepper until the butter has melted. Stir in the remaining chicken broth, and again stir constantly until absorbed, about 8 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.
    4. At this point, taste the rice; it should be slightly firm and totally delicious. If it is still a little crunchy, stir in some hot water and continue cooking until it reaches the desired tenderness.

     
     

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