Il Risotto Pugliese

-by Chef Angelo Ciccone-

While risotto is originally from North Italy, it is today a staple in all Italian homes.  The recipe reflects the fresh and natural flavors of my hometown – the sun-kissed coastal region of Puglia in Southern Italy bordering the Adriatic sea. Here, pasta and risotto paired with fresh-caught seafood is a must, thus inspiring this recipe.

Ingredients: 

Serves 4

Carnaroli  rice200gr
*Brodetto fish stock1200ml
Onion 20gr
White wine80ml
Extra virgin olive oil   80gr
Fresh lobster  120gr
Fresh sea bass, skinless  100gr
Fresh scallops  120gr
Fresh tiger prawns120gr
Fennel seeds powder   2gr
Lemon zest3gr
Dill       5gr
Parsley10gr
Chives10gr
Salt & pepper to taste 

Brodetto Fish Stock Ingredients:

Sea bass bones  150gr
Lobster shell    300gr
Prawn shells  200gr
Fennel50gr
Celery40gr
Ripe tomatoes40gr
Carrots    50gr
Onions     50gr
Garlic   20gr
Water  2400ml

 

Directions: 

For the Brodetto stock:

  1. Chop the fennel, celery, ripe tomatoes, carrot, onion and garlic.
  2. Add water to a saucepan.
  3. Add all the chopped vegetables, sea bass bones, lobster shell and prawn shells into the saucepan, and bring to a boil until the stock is reduced to half. Strain the liquid and keep aside for cooking the risotto.

For the Risotto:

  1. In a pot, lightly fry the onion with olive oil until golden brown.
  2. Add the rice, and cook for two minutes.
  3. Now add half of the white wine, making sure all the liquid vaporizes.
  4. Once all the wine has evaporated in roughly 2 minutes, add the hot brodetto stock one ladle at a time.
  5. Leave to cook for 12 minutes.
  6. Cut the lobster, sea bass, scallop and tiger prawns into cubes.
  7. Sauté with garlic, the remaining half of the white wine, lemon zest and a pinch of fennel seed powder.
  8. When the risotto is almost ready, add the cut seafood to the risotto and cook for another 3 minutes.
  9. Remove the pot from the fire.
  10. Add fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil and season to taste.

 

CHEF ANGELO’S TIPS:

  • Using lobster bisque instead of the Brodetto stock can enhance the flavor of the seafood.
  • A glass of Pinot Grigio would be the best white wine to pair with this dish.
  • Adding a pinch of saffron will create a new dimension to this recipe.
Contributor Credit: 
Chef Angelo Ciccone, Regent Singapore’s Executive Sous Chef http://www.regenthotels.com/EN/Singapore/Cuisine/Basilico
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