Over the past year, Sunday dinners have always been elaborate. For some reason, we always want to make something special on Sundays.
Let me correct myself...
For some reason, I always make something special for Mony on Sundays. I like the idea of ending the week on a high note, so I'm always up to entertaining any craving that Mony may have. Tonight's craving was risotto.
The risotto came together pretty effortlessly. The stock was simply simmered shrimp shells, with various fresh herbs, mainly tarragon. The base of the risotto had lots of garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Once the arborio rice was added to the pan, it was deglazed with a mixture of balsamic and tequila. The tequila added a slight sweetness and spiciness that brought the risotto to another level that we haven't seen before. The slow cooking process took about half an hour, with lots of ladles of stock. Within the last few seconds of cooking, chopped shrimps were added to the pan. Finally, the whole thing was finished off with a handful of parmesan and a sprinkling of parsley.
Overall the meal was just excellent. The question I have for all of you is that is risotto supposed to be saucy or should it be on the drier side? I seem to remember always seeing Mario Batali ladling his soupy risotto, however every time I've ordered it in a restaurant it seems to be on the drier side. So which is it??
Sundays are meant to be slow and restful, and this risotto was the perfect meal to emulate that. Plus, Mony's grateful and that's more than I can ask for. I hope that no matter how busy our lives become, we always take the time to slow down for Sunday dinner.