I know that us Italians can look a little intimidating when it comes to traditional food. BUT this is the perfect example of an Italian recipe that got, let’s say, personalised. This is my Swiss grandma’s "fake" risotto recipe. Let me explain. It’s not a risotto because of the technique used. Risotto comes from the verb “risottare”, which is a cooking technique that extracts starch from the rice in order to make it creamy. You can actually use this technique for pasta too!
Anyways, the history behind this risotto is pretty funny as you probably heard from my TikTok video, so now let’s get to the more technical part of it.
- In a pot heat up a drizzle of olive oil and throw one chopped garlic clove in it. Throw the chopped zucchini in and a few tablespoons of chopped parsley, then let stir fry for 5 minutes.
- Toast the rice at medium heat in a large pan.
- When the veggies have a hint of golden brown, throw the toasted rice in and cover with the liquids. The ratio is: 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of wine and 1 cup of chicken broth. If you don’t want to use alcohol, just replace it with a cup of broth. Cover and let it cook for 20 minutes on medium low heat – my grandma uses a pressure cooker so it takes her about 8.
- When ready, raise the heat so that the bottom will get that crispy layer that me and my brothers always fight for. The more, the better…but don’t burn it!
- Melt the butter and pour it on top, cover and let rest for another 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle some parsley and raw garlic on top and be ready to enjoy the infamous, delicious Grandma Dora’s risotto.
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