A special dish from Verona: the Amarone Risotto
The Amarone, one of the gastronomic excellences of Verona
The beautiful Verona reserves not only places rich in art and culture but also gastronomic specialties known all over the world!
And today we tell you about one of the reasons for the pride of the city of Verona, where our comfortable Verona Easy Apartments are located!
In fact, the Amarone of Valpolicella is one of the great excellences of European and - in particular - Verona's viniculture: a very fine DOGP dry red wine, produced exclusively in the Valpolicella area, on the Veronese hills.
The Amarone is an extremely long-lived wine: obtained from the drying of selected grapes: a very ancient artisan technique that "dries" the grapes before crushing.
The grapes, then, are left to rest for a period of four months inside the fruit-pans and subsequently subjected to the phase of aging in wooden barrels for at least two years.
This full-bodied red wine has a fruity flavor and a scent that recalls dried fruit.
The Amarone is a wine that goes very well with meat, but it can also be used in the kitchen to prepare really tasty dishes such as - for example - Amarone Risotto!
And exactly the Amarone Risotto is one of the most famous dishes of the Veronese culinary tradition that has as protagonists two of the typical products of the Verona lands: the Amarone and the Vialone Nano rice (used, also for the Risotto Tastasal).
The ingredients to prepare the Amarone Risotto
Its preparation is really simple but the important thing is that the ingredients are of excellent quality!
Here's what we need (4 people):
- 320 g of Vialone Nano IGP rice
- 350 ml Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
- 1 onion (or shallot)
- 30 g of butter (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 1 liter of meat broth
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 20 g butter to cream
- 60 g seasoned Monte Veronese cheese (or Parmigiano Reggiano)
Preparation of Amarone Risotto
After cutting the onion (or shallot) into thin slices, brown it well with butter in a medium-large pan.
When the onion has browned, add the Vialone Nano rice and toast it for a few minutes, stirring constantly over medium heat.
Now it's time to add the Amarone wine! Pour about half a bottle of Amarone into a pan and let it evaporate.
Add salt to adjust the rice and cook it.
Remember to pour a little hot broth every time it is absorbed by the rice and mix the mixture carefully with a wooden spoon.
When the risotto is cooked, turn off the stoves and stir in the risotto, adding butter and seasoned Monte Veronese cheese (or, alternatively, the Parmiggiano Reggiano) to your liking.
After letting the mixture rest for a few minutes, the risotto will be ready to be served!
What to do with the other half bottle of Amarone? Well, there is no need to say it!
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