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It seems everyone has at least passed down some beloved family recipes from their grandmother. Whether it’s a comforting Portuguese kale soup recipe or the perfect cornbread, these family recipes, passed down from generation to generation, are even more delicious when you know the stories behind them. Giada De Laurentiis’ grandmother was just like ours – she loved Italian food, especially rice. a kind of important difference? De Laurentiis’s grandmotherSilvana Mangano was an ultra-glamorous Italian movie star. To De Laurentiis, she was just Nonna Luna, but to the rest of the world, especially in Italy, she was a starlet approaching Sophia Loren’s fame. Nonna Luna’s first film role was in Bitter Riceand that’s where De Laurentiis found inspiration for her delicious take on risotta alla milanese, which flavors rice with saffron and radicchio.
Traditionally, risotto contains alla milanese saffron
, which gives the creamy rice a nice golden hue and fragrant taste. But The addition of De Laurentiis of chopped radicchio adds just a hint of bitterness, which is almost refreshing in its ability to break up the richness of the rice.
To balance the flavors even more, De Laurentiis also throws in some dried cranberries, which are sweet and tart, merging seamlessly with the flavors of radicchio and saffron. Each bite of rice (use arborio rice)
or carnaroli) is flavorful, unique and will make you want to keep going back for more.
Some people are afraid to make risotto, but this recipe is really not that difficult. You can see how she is doing in episode 2 of her show Giada in Italy (and if you’re a fan of escapist food television, we highly recommend checking out the show, which is basically De Laurentiis on vacation in Italy, cooking traditional dishes in front of a beautiful setting). Although you will need to stir the rice often, it should only take about 20 minutes, which is doable. It’s also worth it.
The rice absorbs the flavorful saffron-infused stock and wine mixture and becomes creamy when stirred. Stir in the butter and Parmesan at the end to make it even more luxurious. De Laurentiis says “the mixture should still have movement and not be too stiff,” and as the “Top Chef” judges always say, the risotto should spread on your plate — you can add a splash of stock if you like. loosen it up.
The end result? Bitter Rice, in honor of Nonna Luna, a show-stopping dish that will devour your family.
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