Microwave Risotto Method Is Extraordinary
| May 13, 2009
In Kitchen Basics
Featured Recipe: Risotto with Ham and Asparagus
We first heard about making risotto in the microwave 22 years ago, and people are still talking about it. Few recipes excite experienced food lovers to this degree, and in her 1987 cookbook Microwave Gourmet, Barbara Kafka indeed hit on something extraordinary.
For the first time this appliance formerly relegated to reheating leftovers could truly compete in the gourmet arena. Not only that, the idea that you could zap risotto in the microwave made it seem approachable to ordinary home cooks. But what has kept people talking -- in a tone of sheer reverence -- is the fact that risotto cooked in a microwave turns out exactly like the dish you expect in restaurants.
And it’s easy, relatively quick and practically foolproof.
Microwave Risotto with Ham and Asparagus is a meal in itself. The microwave technique produces a grain that’s firm to the bite (al dente) similar to the classic texture from the finest Italian chefs.
Just like any classic dish, there are as many different flavors, textures and end results to risotto as there are cooks. A book by Victoria Wise and Susanna Hoffman called The Well-Filled Microwave Cookbook has four versions of microwave risotto. You'll also find a blog about Crock Pot risotto here on Kitchen Scoop and more Crock Pot risotto recipes can be found in Beth Hensperger's Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. We'd love to hear which technique (microwave or Crock Pot) you liked best and why. Are both of these really as easy and wonderful as we think or have we jumped over the risotto edge?
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