Forget the wine: try making risotto with beer, sake or…?

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“What can be done with wine, can also be done with beer”, we wrote earlier with our recipe for beer risotto with mushrooms. And since we love a culinary thought experiment, we like to take that line even further. In short: forget the wine and make risotto with… a less common alternative.

Italians may have to look away for a while, but hey: if something is good, it’s good, right? David Chang would confirm that…

Risotto 7 x different

As is the case with cooking with alcohol, we would also recommend not to use your most expensive bottle. Rather keep it to enjoy it pure, cooking with it will after all take away part of the taste. That’s a shame.

1. Risotto with sake

To start with one of our favorite drinks ever: sake! In fact, this Japanese rice wine can compete with regular wine in terms of intensity, so you can also dose it that way. And if you immediately go on the Japanese tour: use dashi instead of regular stock. And how about toppings such as shrimp, nori and/or chili oil? We suspect that this will yield a very tasty meal.

2. Risotto with tequila

In our opinion, a very good idea: risotto with tequila. Undoubtedly delicious with lime, coriander and chicken strips. Add some taco seasoning and you have a perfect bowl of Mexico meets Italy.

3. Risotto with bubbles

Any leftover bubbles? Do not throw away! Just use in the risotto. You can actually use them in the same way as white wine: the two actually have a similar flavor profile. Delicious (and a bit luxurious) with seafood and a good knob of butter. Here you will find a good basic recipe (use the translate button).

4. Risotto with gin

It is on an Italian website that we found a recipe for risotto with gin . And if the Italians say it’s good, then it is… They serve the gin risotto with shrimps and avocado cream (yummy!) but we think toppings like salmon and grilled vegetables would also do very well.

5. Risotto with red wine

It may be obvious, but what can be done with white wine, can of course also be done very well with red wine. The aroma will be slightly deeper and pronounced, the red color will be added for free. We recently came up with such a recipe for red wine risotto with Grana Padano and bacon . To make!

6. Risotto without alcohol

Do you – for whatever reason – do not want to use alcohol in your risotto? Then you can leave it out of course, you will still get a nice meal. A tip here is to add some extra lemon juice, so that the risotto doesn’t lack a bit of acidity (like in white wine). You could also add a few drops (no more!) of white wine vinegar, but dose and taste well before your risotto becomes too sour.

7. Risotto with beer

We started and ended the article with this: risotto is also great with beer. Our beer, mushroom and peanut crumb risotto may remain a favorite, but you can also go wild with combinations like dark beer-pancetta-leek. Or wheat beer-potato bacon. All equally delicious!

Risotto with beer

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