Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sometimes a Storm Makes Date Night Even Better...

Last night Gimpy came over for date night just as a storm was rolling in.  The sky got dark, the wind picked up, and a big storm rolled in.  I was busy at the stove making risotto, which is what I'm giving you a recipe for tonight!  In spirit of the cutest boy ever, that probably no one will ever appreciate as much as I do, Gimpy was standing by the sliding glass doors to the patio and turned to me.

"Do you know what I love?" He said.  "What's that?" I replied.  "That when you cook, you stand on your tip toes as you move around the stove."  Cue me melting deep inside... I really love that boy.

Truffle Risotto
1/2 a sweet onion
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp truffle oil
1/2 cup wine
4 cups chicken stock
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup asiago cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oils together and add the onion.  Cook 8 minutes until translucent.  Add rice until just a tiny white spot appears in the center.  Add the wine - use whatever you are drinking with dinner to really enhance the flavor of your meal.  Cook until absorbed.

Add 3/4 cup of the chicken stock, and cook until absorbed.  Continue adding the stock 1/2 a cup at a time (I use a ladle and keep adding scoops) until all of the liquid is absorbed and the risotto is creamy.  Add the cheese and stir till well mixed.  I also added a cup or so of cooked peas as well!

To add to our dinner, I bought 8 huge diver scallops.  In a frying pan, I put 1 Tbsp olive oil and another 1 Tbsp of truffle oil and heated thoroughly.  When the oil was hot, I added the 8 scallops.  Cook until the bottom of the scallops are a nice golden brown, and the scallops appear milky instead of translucent.  Flip, and then cook until the other side is golden!

Place 4 scallops on top of a heap of risotto, and serve.  Drizzle with a little additional truffle oil.  Yum!


betsey said...

I may force the McG girls to eat scallops again (they didn't really go for them the first time) just so I can try this recipe! yummmmm

PS, the tip toes comment was sooo cute! You really found a gem!

Little J said...

They were soooooooo good. Gimpy had never had more than a tiny bite of one before, and I am pleased to say he really enjoyed them! I am a lucky, lucky girl...

*uncorked said...

Oh I love this. And you and Gimpy. I miss you too much.

Little J said...

V, I miss you too :( Come back for 12 Bars of Christmas. Or wine tasting on a mini bus. Or apple picking. Or to go see Elf on Broadway...

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