This Fall we will be visiting the Amalfi Coast in Italy. During my searches for lodging and restaurants I researched the flavors of Amalfi to see what is common along the coast. Lemons are the most popular food item found in this region of Italy. Other flavors of Amalfi are anchovies and various seafood. Also, the Monti Lattari mountain region has many dairy farms that produce fresh ricotta and provolone cheeses. I can’t wait to explore this wonderful part of Italy. In the meantime I brought the flavors of Amalfi into my humble kitchen using fresh ingredients from the local supermarket! Come join me in my kitchen for a delicious risotto…
2 large lemons, zest & juice
2 large shallots, diced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 oz can anchovies in olive oil, drained
1 1/4 cups Arborio rice
3 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
In a medium deep skillet heat 1 tablespoon butter and the olive oil. Add the shallots and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the drained anchovies and break up. Anchovies will dissolve and create a wonderful nutty flavor (not fishy at all!)
Add the Arborio rice and lemon zest. Sauté another minute or two. Add the lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir. Slowly add the vegetable stock, one half cup at a time, over a period of 20 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Stir in the fresh ricotta. Continue to simmer until slightly thickened. Add the remaining butter and provolone cheese. Stir to combine and continue to simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed.
This recipe has been shared on Fiesta Friday…go check it out and then go visit some other great sites!