Thursday, September 4, 2014

Saffron Risotto With Baby Asparragus And Prosciutto


Dear all,
hope you had a wonderful time celebrating summer in all its splendor, enjoying the gorgeous fresh fruits and veggies, gifts of this season and preparing delicious and inspiring new kitchen creations.
I had actually a great vacation, involving lots of travelling in mind.
We wanted to explore several regions of Peru we have not been yet and enjoy some time at the beach.
But instead of appreciating beautiful sunsets at the beach, nourishing my usual sunburn and counting my mosquito bites, I had to stay home due to some health issues.
Thank heavens everything is going well so far and I'm feeling much better.
So very sorry to have to disappoint you, but no new travel post this time. Instead, I hope you will enjoy this delicious, colorful saffron risotto.
My son Rafael is here for a visit and he enjoys cooking for friends, so we decided to take a culinary trip together and prepare our favorite risotto.
I must confess that usually I'm quite territorial in the kitchen, but  we managed to create our little dream team and no boarder conflict so far.
The saffron risotto turned out luscious and creamy, tasted heavenly and was very easy to prepare.
Anyhow, I'm very happy to be back, missed you all a lot and I'm looking forward to reading all your posts I've been missing during my absence.



 
You need:
1 cup risotto rice ( Arborio, vialone nano, or other short or medium-grain Italian rice)
6 cups vegetable stock ( I prefer homemade one) The amount of stock is aprox., depending on which rice you use
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon saffron
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan (optional)
1 cup baby asparagus, only the heads cut into 2 inch length
1/2 cup prosciutto, roughly chopped 
salt and freshly ground pepper
 
 
Directions:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Cook onions until translucent.
 
Add rice and stir until edges are translucent.
 
  It will look this beautiful and shinning
    
In another pot bring stock to simmer.
Add the wine and 1/2 cup of stock to the rice mixture.
 
Than add the saffron. Enjoy its golden deliciousness.
 
Stir and cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add another 1/2 cup of broth and keep cooking, stirring and adding stock until the risotto is soft.After adding the last 1/2 cup of broth add butter, asparagus and prosciutto.   Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan(optional)
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  Enjoy! Serves 4p.

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74 comments:

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    1. Thank you Rafael, glad to hear you liked it!

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  2. Welcome back. Beautiful dish. Nice combination of flavours!

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    1. Thank you so much Alex, so glad to hear you liked the post!

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  3. I've only just had breakfast but this dish is making me hungry again. Yum!

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  4. Hope you feel better soon though i think this risotto could cure anyone. What a great, classic dish!

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    1. Thank you Abbe, you are right this risotto works a bit as soul food as well :)

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  5. Looking good, Daniela! Hopefully one day you can post a Peruvian dish for us to enjoy!

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    1. Hi Fran,
      It's promised, one of the next posts will be about Peruvian food :)

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  6. I have had something very similar and it was scrumptious. I am pinning to try my hand at it.

    Glad you are okay. No fun to have health issues.

    Madonna
    MakeMineLemon

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    1. Hi Madonna,
      Please let me know how it turned out, hope you will like it.
      Cheers.

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  7. What lovely look this Daniela look yumm!
    Daniela welcome again!:)

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    1. Thank you so much Gloria, so sweet of you.

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  8. looks so lovely! love that saffron color!

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  9. Hi Dear Friend, we are glad you are well now....please take care...this dish is so beautiful...yummy flavors and such fun to create treats together with children,thanks :-)

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    1. Thank you so much dear friends for your kind words and I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post !
      Cheers.

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  10. Daniela, hope you had a wonderful and inspiring month off - your saffron risotto looks out of this world delicious - such great colors and such a very pretty presentation!
    Liebe Grüsse aus dem noch recht sommerlichen Bonn und euch ein schönes Wochenende,
    Andrea

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    1. Vielen Dank liebe Andrea, freu' mich sehr zu hören, daß Dir das Safran Risotto gefallen hat. Habe gehört daß der Sommer in Deutschland ja nicht so berauschend war, da kann ein bißchen Sonnengelb auf dem Teller nicht schaden:)
      Ganz liebe Grüße aus Lima
      Daniela

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  11. Wow, you're a great cook!
    I'm so hungry now.
    You should share you secret schnitzel recipe with us :)

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    1. I will prepare one of these days prepare my top secret Schnitzel recipe :)
      Cheers.

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  12. I love using saffron. This dish looks fantastic.

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    1. You are so right, it's not only about the color it adds a beautiful flavor as well.

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  13. Love the bright green of the asparagus against the bright yellow saffron risotto.

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    1. Hi Karen,
      It makes a nice contrast- color and flavor wise :)
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Oh! This is so delicious! I've just realized that I'm veeery hungry! Great job!

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    1. Hi Marcela,
      Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the post.

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  15. Nice to have you back, and I'm glad you're feeling better. Your risotto looks great!

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    1. Thank you so much Beth for your kind words, I really appreciate them.
      Cheers.

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  16. So happy to have you back Daniela :)
    Saffron risotto is my all time fave risotto. I first tried it Milan and it was love at first bite. Now I make it all the time; I also like to add a bit of turmeric. It adds a ton of color and also a delicious depth!

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    1. Thank you so much Mike, you made my day :)
      It's a great idea to add a bit of Tumeric and I'm going to try this for the next time I prepare risotto.

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  17. Just looking at it makes my mouth water!!

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  18. My son loves risotto and so do we all! I love its color and looks so creamy!

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    1. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the post, Katerina.

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  19. I love the flavors you bloomed in your risotto!

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  20. So good to see you back in action. I love saffron and this risotto looks very tempting.

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  21. Thank you so much Taruna, glad to hear that you liked the post!

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  22. wow, what a stunning dish with a stunning presentation too!!!

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  23. Oh no so sorry to hear about your health issues. Glad to hear it is not serious. Love risotto, especially with saffron!

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    1. Hi Evelyne,
      thank you for your kind words. I 'm very glad to hear you are a staffron fan too.

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  24. I love saffron, and this looks amazing. Love that color! So glad you're feeling better!

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      So glad to hear that you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much for your kind words, I'm feeling much better already.

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  25. So you're back with a great recipe, very well prepared! This is exactly how we cook risotto in Italy. Well done!

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    1. Hi Daniela,
      I really appreciate your kind words, because you are "una Italiana vera" and know how to prepare risotto the classic way :)
      Cheers

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  26. I hope you're feeling better Daniela, it sucks that you had to miss your vacation, but it's great that you have your son visiting! I love risotto, and the sweet saffron makes the risotto such a pretty color!

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    1. Hi Kari,
      yes it was wonderful to have my son visiting during this difficult time, actually much better than traveling :)
      So happy you hear you enjoyed our co-production with the Saffron risotto.

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  27. Saffron is my absolute favourite and so is risotto. The flavours and colour of this risotto is fabulous. Glad that you are feeling better. Welcome back:-)

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    1. Hi Sonali,
      Happy to hear that you are a fan of both saffron and risotto.
      Hope you will try to prepare it once, we all enjoyed the combination very much. Just let me know how it turned out.

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  28. What an amazing combination - rice, asparagus, and Proscuitto! And, your step-by-step photos are so amazing and explain the recipe really well. Plus, it's gluten free!

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    1. Hi Julia,
      Thank you so much for your sweet feedback, I really appreciate it.
      Cheers.

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  29. Beautiful dish and so vibrant yellow with the saffron. I am so sorry to hear that you have been feeling poorly and hoping that you are on recovery soon.

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  30. Hi BAM,
    Thank you so much for your well wishes!
    I'm getting better bit by bit and enjoy the spring, that has started already over here very much.
    Have a great week ahead!

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  31. I am sorry to hear that you didn't to go on vacation. I am happy to hear that you are doing better. The risotto sounds so yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much Dawn, very toughtful of you!
      So glad to hear that you liked the risotto.

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  32. Scrumptious! Risotto is so delicious and versatile.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  33. Love the color! It looks delicious.

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  34. Bienvenida nuevamente. Oye, este risotto te ha quedao todo amarillito y cremosito, tal cual me gusta!!!

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  35. Wow Daniela, I love this risotto...great colors and fabulous flavors...
    Glad to see you back...have a beautiful week dear :D

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    1. Hi Juliana,
      so glad to hear that you enjoyed the post with this little risotto.
      Have a great week ahead!

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  36. I'm happy to hear you're okay, Daniela, and even cooking with your dear son!! The risotto looks so wonderful... Love the color.

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    1. Thank you so much Kitty, so thoughtful of you!

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  37. Saffron, risotto, asparagus,and prosciutto all together? This is a dish to make all palates happy -- including mine!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Denise, glad to hear that !

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  38. Hi Daniela, your risotto look so appetizing. Lovely and delightful, the presentation like from 5 stars hotel.
    In Malaysia saffron is extremely expensive, So far I yet to buy to try.

    Glad to know you are getting better and good to see you back in action. Take care.
    Best regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia,
      Thank you so much for you kind words , dear friend.
      Have a great week ahead!

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