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Shrimp & Lobster Risotto

August 13, 2010

Made this awhile back but it’s a favourite! Another good way to get your Pescetarian on! 😛

Trick to risotto is a good starchy rice. Arborio is ideal, as is any short grain because, if you use a long grain or some such business, the whole grain-melding thing won’t happen. Here’s an excellent write-up abuot risotto’s classic technique from About.com: http://italianfood.about.com/od/tipstricks1/a/aa091697.htm

Shrimp & Lobster Risotto

8 cups Seafood, Shrimp or Lobster Stock
4 Lobster Tails
1 lb. 21A Shell-on Shrimp (or your size preference)
1/2 cup fine diced onion, (I used vidalia)
1/3 cup fine diced shallot
1-2 tbsp. minced garlic, use amount based on your taste/tolerance for it
1/2 cup good white wine (use what you like to drink! Golden rule)
2 tbsp. Earth Balance Vegan Butter (I no longer use cow butter but you may if you’re privvy to it) + 2 tbsp. good olive oil
2 cups Arborio or other short grain rice
Diced scallion for garnish
Parsley for garnish (I used curly)
Sea Salt to taste
Fresh ground mixed pepper or Grains of Paradise to taste
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
Pinch of Cumin

First! The Shellfish!

In a large saucepan or short stock pot, bring stock to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering, add shrimp and lobster and cover. Give it about 4-6 minutes. Then, uncover & check shrimp. if they’re pink all over, remove and set aside. If not, wait till they are, then proceed. Cover with foil to keep warm. Recover lobster tails and allow to simmer an additional 4-6 minutes. The size of your lobster tails will depend on how long they SHOULD be left to simmer. It’s when you leave your shellfish simmering/boiling forever that you reduce them to pencil eraser texture, which is criminal. Once red and looking pretty, remove and cover under foil to keep warm.

Reduce heat on broth to low and cover so it’s good and ready for our next step. The rice!

Start by heating butter & olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, shallot & garlic and sauté till translucent and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Don’t let anything burn! It’ll go bitter and sully your dish!

Add rice and stir to coat, about 3-4 minutes. Season with a bit of salt and pepper (or Grains of Paradise) and pinch of cumin and stir further to combine. Then, add wine and continue to stir till the wine has been nearly absorbed.

Broth time! Add broth by the substantial ladel-full and keep on stirring till it’s absorbed. At each stage, right before it’s all gone, add the next ladel and just keep at it. It’s a bit of a process that you will have to practice to get correct but it’s sooo fun and the results are stellar!

It should take about 30 minutes to use up the broth and get the rice to where we want it to be. Taste it, see how it is. Adjust seasoning if need be. Finally, add lemon zest, stir in and plate as pictured immediately, (or be creative yourself!). Garnish with diced scallions & parsley. Serve family style.

*Additionally, you can add grated parmesean cheese at the end along with the lemon zest but, for this recipe, I did not.

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