Risotto, a great alternative to pasta, tends to get overlooked because of its perceived difficulty.
This recipe, intended to impress your next date, is simple, easy to follow, and only requires a bit of patience to yield crowd-pleasing results.
Wine Pairing: Frog’s Leap Chardonnay Napa Valley ’10 http://bit.ly/sRAdQc
If you happen to feel over-zealous and double the recipe by mistake (hey, you’re a hungry chef, after all…), then consider altering unfavorable leftovers to create your next appetizer: Arancini.
Using the cooked risotto, chop the shrimp into small pieces and stir. Assemble meatball-like balls (about 1″) and coat with flour, egg, and panko breadcrumbs. Use extra virgin olive oil to pan-fry, and cook until golden brown and crispy.
Wine Pairing: Villa Nozzole Chianti Classico ’07