sundays, lazy sundays. a day to sleeeeep, eaaaat, and be slightly unproductive after waking up with purple stained hands from dancing with full glasses of wine in a packed living room. wash your hands, chug a glass of water, and lets make some effin risotto!!!
i’ve only made it a few times before, and from those not-so-great times i’ve learned. its really about cooking it slow, and making sure to add enough stock so its stays saucy and doesn’t get too dry or thick, which is usually the downfall to most risottos.
i slowly roasted a pumpkin so it didn’t get any colour, mashed it up with butter and salt (if you aren’t lazy like me, pureeing it in a blender is best). finely diced shallots were added to a pan to soften, then the rice, then a good glug of white wine to cook off and absorb. thats when you start adding the stock slowly, letting the arborio rice absorb it, and keep doing this until the rice is tender. then add your pumpkin puree, parm, butter, taste and season then voila!
meanwhile, i lightly coated a beaaautiful piece of pork tenderloin in some garam masala, ground coriander, S&P. seared all the sides off in a hot pan, then stuck it in a 375 oven for about 10-15 min so it would be nice, tender and pink. took it out to rest, sliced it, and assembled the dish.
this was served with some lovely rapini, which was blanched, then added to a pan of olive oil that was slowly browning thin slices of garlic. a friggin amazing december sunday meal to cozy up to.