Monkfish and Scallop Seafood Risotto
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Recipe type: Primo, Pasta, Entree
Serves: 4
  • ½ pound of large diver, sea, scallops cut in half (depending on size; you're looking to roughly match the size of the monkfish)
  • 1 pound of monkfish cut into roughly 1 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons of saffron
  • 1 cup of arborio or carnaroli rice
  • 2 cups of good red or white wine (optional)
  • 2 cups of fresh, filtered, water (optional)
  • 4 cups of low salt chicken or vegetable stock (if you make your own even better)
  • 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion (red or Spanish varities provide nicer flavor), finely diced/cubed
  • ½ yellow and red bell pepper, finely diced and cubed (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2-3 tabs of butter
  1. Place the the olive oil, diced onions and bell peppers, and a half teaspoon of salt in a large heavy pan and set the flame to medium (we use a copper pot).
  2. Cook down the onions and peppers until soft and then add the rice.
  3. Toast the rice until it becomes translucent (the center can have a bit of white color).
  4. For the liquid, either 1., use homemade stock (vegetable or chicken) and add the saffron and bring to a simmer 2., combine wine, water, pepper, salt, and saffron in a pot and bring to a simmer or 3., purchase low sodium stock and add the saffron and bring to a simmer.
  5. Next, begin ladling in the hot stock (enough to cover the rice completely) and stir well. Add a bit more salt (depending on the salt content of your stock) and some freshly ground black pepper. Continue to ladle in more stock to cover the rice and stir frequently, you'll need to do this whenever you notice the liquid has started to diminish and your rice is not covered in stock.
  6. Repeat the aforementioned process for 25-30 minutes tasting the rice frequently.
  7. Risotto should be served slightly al dente. As soon as you sense the rice has released a good amount of starch and is cooked to your liking (you should notice a creamy texture), add the cubed fish and stir well (if you need to add a bit more liquid then do so at this point). The fish will cook in a few minutes and thereafter you can add the finely minced parsley and butter.
  8. Stir well and serve as an all in one meal or as a starter to a multi-course meal.
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