If someone mentions the Italian kitchen, everyone always immediately thinks of the most amazing foods such as pizza, pasta, gelato and tiramisu and last but not least: risotto! Apart from rice instead of pasta that is the main carb of this dish, this comfort food screams Italy too as it is cooked in wine and topped off with (loads of) cheese.
And even though Italians are not the biggest rice eaters, did you know that it is the country that produces the most rice in Europe? Especially Lombardy, in Northen Italy, can be considered the rice bowl of Europe.
Another good thing about risotto is the flexibility you get as a chef. The most basic risotto contains rice, broth, wine, onion and cheese. From that point on, you can let your creativity go wild and add anything you like - but don't go too wild and try to stay close to the authentic Italian recipe.
Did we say stay close to the authentic risotto? Pretty sure we failed when we added crickets to our recipe. Nevertheless, adding the crickets to risotto not only enhances the taste of the dish, but also adds crispiness to an otherwise mostly creamy dish. Apart from adding crickets, we decided to go for a mushroom risotto containing two types of mushroom.
Throw in some more of your favorite vegetables and this comfort food even becomes quite healthy! We for example like to add frozen peas, they only need to be added a couple of minutes before the end to be heated up and add more color and nutritional power to any risotto.