Risotto Salvia Fritta e Noce

January  3, 2012
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  • Serves 2-4
Author Notes

At first this felt like a lame episode of “Chopped”: “Your mystery basket includes sage and walnuts, and you won’t get credit for pesto.” Well, I wouldn’t do a pesto anyway. But one of my favorite ways to use sage is to dust it with a little flour and then fry it in brown butter. Walnuts are grown locally. But then where to go from there? Okay, we went with a risotto. —pierino

What You'll Need
  • 4 cups meat stock (which could be veal or poultry---preferably homemade)
  • 1-2 shallots, depending on size
  • 2 cups riso arborio (short grain Italian rice
  • 1/3 cup small walnut pieces
  • 1 bunch fresh sage (most likely you won't need the entire bunch)
  • ½ stick butter (divided into separate ¼ sticks---wasn’t there a record label with that name?)
  • Superfine flour e.g. Wondra
  • Sea salt
  • Parmigiano reggiano
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  1. In a dry pan toast the walnut pieces but don’t burn them. Season with some sea salt and set aside.
  2. Place the sage leaves on a plate and dust lightly with flour. I did say lightly.
  3. In a small pan melt a “knob” of butter---you won’t need a lot. Slowly brown it to beurre noir stage being careful not to burn it. Add as many sage leaves as you think you will need (leaving them on stems is okay). Cook for only a minute or so and set aside on paper towel.
  4. Chop the shallot(s).
  5. Bring the stock to a steady simmer (not a boil) and hold at low-medium heat on the stove top.
  6. In a wide, shallow pan melt ¼ stick of butter and add the shallot. Stir around until it just begins to color. Add the rice and stir until it goes sort of translucent.
  7. A t this point you can begin adding your stock a ladleful at a time. Allow 25 minutes for the rice to be cooked through. As the rice absorbs the stock add another ladle. About halfway through the 25 minutes add the walnut pieces.
  8. Taste for seasoning and adjust with sea salt and ground pepper. Continue to stir until the rice is al dente. To finish grate in abundant parmigiano. The risotto should be wet and creamy and slide with the pan and also on the plate. The Venetians call this “al onda” or on the wave.
  9. Plate risotto and top of each portion place the fried sage leaves. Drizzle with a little olive oil.

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Standup commis flâneur, and food historian. Pierino's background is in Italian and Spanish cooking but of late he's focused on frozen desserts. He is now finishing his cookbook, MALAVIDA! Can it get worse? Yes, it can. Visit the Malavida Brass Knuckle cooking page at Facebook and your posts are welcome there.

8 Reviews

pierino February 21, 2012
For risotto I personally prefer carnaroli which can be a bit harder to find (although I did score some today). But arborio is fine. The rice growing region of Italy is the Padania, which is the Po river valley. There they will most likely tell you to use carnaroli but this changes from town to town. That's Italy.
GIOVANNI50 February 21, 2012
Bravo! Love it. Gotta make it soon. Question: do you taste a big difference between arborio, carnaroli, or nano rices?
hardlikearmour January 11, 2012
Could rice flour or cake flour be subbed for the Wondra?
pierino January 11, 2012
Rice flour would probably work, but you only need a light dusting anyway. I shake most of it off before I fry the leaves.
inpatskitchen January 5, 2012
I almost posted a similar recipe....yours sounds wonderful...and boulangere is hasn't been entered in the current contest.
pierino January 5, 2012
Boulangere and Pat thank you both for the heads up. The new system is driving me nuts. Pat, you should go ahead with your recipe. I never look at the other entries until my own are in because I don't want to be influenced by them. And it's a jinx.
boulangere January 4, 2012
pierino, if you intended to submit this to the current contest (and I hope you will), are you aware that it's not posted there?
boulangere January 3, 2012
Very nice.