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My secrets for the best risotto
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November 14, 2014
My secrets for the best risotto

When buying rice for risotto dishes, look for shiny kernels of uniform pearly color, with no blotches, and a smooth surface that does not feel floury to the touch. Carnaroli, Arborio, Padano and Vialone Nano are the varieties to look for. The best cooking vessel for risotto is a wide, heavy, non-reactive skillet that evenly disperses heat and allows evaporation to occur uniformly. The proper ratio of rice to liquid is 1:3 1/2. The trick to making a perfect risotto is to use boiling stock and make sure to constantly stir. It's imperative that risotto be served and eaten immediately.