My Grandma was a sensational chef and everything she touched seemed to taste a thousand times better than if any one else had tried to make it. Although I can only remember her making this once for me when I was very young, it was an eye opening meal that sparked my passion in food. My mom still makes it on special occasions as well, but my mind always goes back to that first time. This is one of those recipes that is covered in stains and is barely legible, and now my photocopy has even more stains added to it. I have only made two slight variations: I prefer to use frozen shrimp because it generally comes peeled and deviened, and I use a seafood stock instead of chicken because I feel it highlights the main ingredient.
PS: my camera does not want to work, but just makes for a great excuse to use this adorable picture! —truegrits
What You'll Need
dry white wine
medium tomatoes, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
basil leaves, cut into thin strips
frozen medium shrimp, peeled
In a large, heavy pot, heat oil and butter and saute onion until pale gold.
Heat broth to a simmer in another pot.
Add rice to onion. Stir to coat with oil. Toast for about 1 minute.
Pour in wine and let the rice absorb.
Add tomatoes with a little salt and pepper.
Add a ladle of broth, about 1/3cup and stir until rice has absorbed it. Continue to do this until rice is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining butter, cheese, basil, and shrimp.