Thursday, February 10, 2011

Champagne Risotto

This might be the best tasting dish I have ever tasted in my life.
I'm a carb girl..so this is stuff dreams are made of, creamy, salty
and down right divine!! Also, this is a perfect Valentine's Day for
your loved one. I made sure I cooked this early so you all could
make it....hint, hint!!!

Champagne Risotto - Giada

4 slices of prosciutto
3 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
12 asparagus spears,cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons butter, divided
1 shallot, finely chopped
3/4 cup Aborio rice
3/4 cup champagne
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place prosciutto on a slightly greased cookie sheet and cook
6 to 8 min until crisp. Reserve for garnish.

In a medium saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil. Reduce heat
to a simmer. Blanch the asparagus in the chicken stock for 2 min.
Remove the asparagus with a slotted spoon. Set the asparagus aside
and keep the chicken stock on a slow simmer.
In another medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the
shallot and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Add the Aborio rice
and stir to coat in the butter. Continue toasting the rice, stirring
constantly, for about 3 minutes. Add the champagne and simmer
until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add half a
cup of the simmering broth and stir until almost completely absorbed,
about 2 minutes. Continue cooking the rice, adding broth 1/2 cup at
a time, stirring constantly and allowing each addition of broth to
absorb before adding the next, until the rice is tender but still firm
to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total.
Remove from the heat. Gently stir in the asparagus, remaining butter,
Parmesan, salt and pepper. Spoon risotto into serving dishes and
garnish by breaking crisp prosciutto into smaller pieces over the top
of risotto. Serve Immediately.


58 comments:

  1. Best dish ever? Thats pretty epic! It looks so good!!!

    xoXOxo
    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

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  2. it's so pretty, and i love that it's made with champagne, perfect for v-day!

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  3. your photos are unreal! putting that new camera to work! looks delicious!

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  4. yum! PLEASE COME COOK for this prego mama! have a great day Val, jen

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  5. This is so lovely, what a treat...I can't imagine the taste but I really need too! I am printing this one, I have so risotto leftover in my pantry.

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  6. wow!! i've never tried risotto, but this recipe certainly makes me want to :)

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  7. Done! It's on the V-day menu! We never go out on valentine's, I always like to cook. And asparagus is the only veggie my husband will eat. I can't wait!

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  8. Yum! You know I love cooking with wine, so champagne plus the creamy goodness of risotto, is right up my alley. I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. risotto...champagne...asparagus....prosciutto?!
    It has to be delicious!

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  10. I love a good risotto and this sounds wonderful! Definitely adding it to my list!

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  11. Oh wow champagne risotto..I cant imagine what this must taste like. I'll take your word for it though!

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  12. Wow, Val, "best dish ever"?! That's a lofty promise! I think I'll just have to try this myself. The title itself is making me drool... What a luxurious and delicious sounding dish. I so enjoy making risotto, and this recipe of yours will have to be next. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog!

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  13. I've been wanting to try this and it looks fabulous.! What a gorgeous presentation too.

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  14. Oooh, man... this looks really really good. Do you know, I've never made risotto? Your photo is fantastic too...

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  15. Man this looks amazing! I adore risotto!!! You have a great blog. I'm your newest follower! :)

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  16. That is so cool Val, I never heard of cooking with champagne. This is a great looking recipe..I love risotto!

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  17. You had me at Champagne!!!! Simply Divine:) Oh how I love any and everything Giada!!! Great name by the way, Val!

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  18. Yum -this looks delicious! And so pretty too. Thanks for sharing - I am making this soon!

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  19. That looks delicious! I made a sweet potato risotto last weekend and it turned out terrible. It was from a cookbook featuring local chefs of fine dining restaurant in Asheville.... I swore I was never making risotto again, but now I just might have to try this one!

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  20. Great looking dish! I love risotto! Your recipe looks amazing!

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  21. Ahh this is so yum! :) Keep up these great posts :) I'm following!
    Always supporting,
    http://blazaimagenes.blogspot.com/

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  22. Wow I have never heard of using Champagne in cooking! Looks delicious!

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  23. You are Martha Stewart. I used your red velvet cupcake recipe today and it turned out FAB!

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  24. THis sounds so delicious! I love risotto(not the amount of stirring and work it requires, but the end product is great!)

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  25. Isn't Giada just the best?:D This looks delish!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  26. That is a gorgeous dish! Almost hate to dig into it. It looks really good!

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  27. This looks heavenly! OMG! Loved your comment on my blog...can't email you back when you post. YOu don't have your email set up in blogger profile. Happy V Day!

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  28. Val, that's such a good idea to use champagne in risotto!!! It's actually a really fun dish for valentines day.

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  29. Oh my, that is perfection on a plate! Thanks for the recipe~ my valentine will love it:)

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  30. i have never had risotto, but have always wanted to try it! this looks amazing!

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  31. You had me at asparagus and risotto!

    Hugs girl!

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  32. this sounds so fancy!! i am intrigued

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  33. This looks divine! I know you said you always make Risotto on Valentine's Day - I so can't wait to try this one!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  34. I am totally a carb girl too...risotto is one of my favorites!! This one sounds delicious!

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  35. oh my goodness this sounds divine! Thank you for sharing!!
    :) Have a happy week!

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  36. This looks delicious! Giada's recipes are always winners. Definitely bookmarking this one - my husband would love it!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx
    Joanna

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  37. Love Giada, Love Carbs, Love Risotto! xoxo

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  38. I loveeeee Rissoto, thanks for sharing this...YUM!!!:) XO ~Liz

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  39. Love Giada ~ And your presentation is gorgeous!

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  40. I love risotto! I have not made it with champagne before but will definitely try it. Great photo!

    ~ Tracy

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  41. WHOAH. This looks and sounds amazing... My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Can there be anything better than risotto? I think not. :)

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  42. This sounds delicious! I am adding this to my google bookmarked recipe file.

    Denise
    Extreme Personal Measures

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  43. This looks absolutely amazing!! YUM YUM!!

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  44. I felt like I could reach through the computer screen and eat that! The photo was awesome....wish I was your neighbor so I could be invited over for dinner :)

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  45. Thanks for stopping by The Hut, it lead me to your blog! Do I like what I see? Oh honey, I already added this recipe to my file along with the one for the Buffalo Chicken Nachos and the Stuffed Nutella French Toast.

    As a matter of fact, you made me so hungry I went in the kitchen to make that French toast only to discover my granddaughter walked off with my last banana on her way to work this morning. Good thing I love that girl!

    And speaking of girls, you're daughter is adorable!

    I may live in Florida now, but I'm a SoCal gal at heart.

    Nice to meet you!

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  46. Oh Val!! That does look and sound divine. I think I'm going to give that try! And, thanks for your sweet comments!

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  47. That looks amazing! SO trying this soon! Carbs can be my friend anytime!

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  48. Wow, Val! This recipe has all the ingredients of perfection. I'm a big time carb girl, too. I love prosciutto, and my husband loves asparagus. This dish looks divine.

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  49. This looks so good! I am a new follower from the blog hop! I would love it if you stopped by!

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  50. risotto is one of my favorites and we love this recipe. i love that you can really add anything to risotto.

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