A question about a recipe: Leek Risotto

I have a question about the recipe "Leek Risotto" from nicolecooks. Would it be total sacrilege to make this (or any other risotto) with a short grain brown rice?

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Recipe question for: Leek Risotto

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ZombieCupcake
ZombieCupcake March 11, 2013

I love brown rice, sub it for any rice recipe... I got your back :)

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames March 11, 2013

Absolutely not! It will make the recipe taste better. The texture will be a bit chewier, but to my mind, that will improve the dish, too! Go for it. ;o)

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sdebrango
sdebrango March 11, 2013

I agree with both Zombie Cupcake and Antonia James, I make risotto with Riso Vignola which is similar to arborio rice only it's whole grain brown rice and it's delicious.

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boulangere
boulangere March 13, 2013

I use riso vignola as well, and love it. I takes a bit longer to cook, and requires a bit more stock - probably 4 to 8 ounces more, and perhaps an additional 10 minutes. And leftovers will, as with all risottos, set up quite firm, so be prepared to use additional stock to reheat it. Buon appetito!

ceeteebee
ceeteebee March 11, 2013

Thanks, everyone!

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smslaw
smslaw March 11, 2013

It'll be fine, but the brown rice will take longer to cook, so plan accordingly.

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BoulderGalinTokyo
BoulderGalinTokyo March 12, 2013

And add a little more broth/ liquid than whatever recipe you make-- it'll be delicious!

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QueenSashy
QueenSashy March 12, 2013

sdebrango makes a VERY important point with Riso Vignola. In my experience, not every brown rice will behave like arborio. I had some pretty sad results with "generic" brands.

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames March 12, 2013

Yes, so true; you want a brown rice that sort of looks like arborio -- chubby and short-grained -- which will soften up and provide the starch you need to get a good sauce. ;o)

nancy essig
nancy essig March 13, 2013

I like to use Barley instead of rice all together

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ChefJune
ChefJune March 13, 2013

I often make "risotto" with millet. But my Italian purist friends remind me it's not really risotto without the rice. It is, however, really delicious.

nancy essig
nancy essig March 13, 2013

I like to use Barley instead of rice all together

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Meatballs&Milkshakes
Meatballs&Milkshakes March 13, 2013

You could also substitute farro, which is a whole grain similar to brown rice. It's frequently used in Italy in risotto-like preparations, and the translation to English usually calls it farotto.

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AntoniaJames
AntoniaJames March 13, 2013

Great idea, M&M!! ;o)

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