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Truffle Cheese Risotto Recipe

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Truffle Risotto

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Adding truffle cheese to risotto is an easy way to add amazing flavor. Speaking of easy, there's no reason to be intimated by risotto. It's not as hard to make as you might think. This recipe is particularly easy and requires only a few ingredients.

Most cheese shops sell at least one type of truffle cheese. A few to look for are sottocenere, pecorino tartufello, and Illahee Tomme by River's Edge Chevre. Some grocery stores sell a "generic" truffle cheese and for this recipe, that's fine. Since you're melting the cheese into a dish, it's not necessary to buy the most expensive truffle cheese you can find.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • 1 small yellow onion or two shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup (about 1/4 pound) grated truffle cheese, or more to taste
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

In a small pot, bring the stock and water to a simmmer.

In a larger pot, heat olive oil/butter over medium-low heat and add onion or shallot. Saute until soft then add the rice and saute a few minutes more.

Add the wine and stir the rice as the liquid simmers and then is absorbed by the rice.

Add the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring the rice almost continuously. Do not add more liquid until the rice has absorbed the previous 1/2 cup liquid.

After 15-20 minutes, all the liquid should be absorbed and the rice should be soft but still slightly chewy.

Turn off the heat. Stir in cheese. Add salt to taste.

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What Are Truffles?

Truffles are a relatively rare, high-priced fungus, although it's more appetizing to call them a mushroom. Truffles grow underground near the roots of trees and are often sniffed out by trained dogs or pigs. The high price of truffles is due partially to the fact that gathering them is time consuming and they have to be handled with great care. Also, truffles can demand a high price because there really is nothing else that compares to their incredibly aromatic, uniquely pungent and sweet, earthy flavor.

 

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