Risotto al cioccolato

I have been dreaming of all kinds of chocolate recipes dancing in my mind. I think I have been seeing lots of chocolate advertisements for Valentine’s Day. Once daylight appear, I jump out of bed and headed for my pantry looking for chocolate.

Found half an open packet of melting chocolate chips. Also, I have some double cream left and will expire soon. Since it’s going to be Valentine’s Day, and I am craving for chocolate. Got my mad scientist hat on. Uh huh! Remembered that I had made blueberry risotto, and tomato risotto. So, why not chocolate risotto.

With just enough of arborio rice. Let’s get rid of it and get a new packet. My stomach kept telling Yes, Yes, Yes. This is a great meal for your loved one on Valentine’s Day; expressing your love using chocolate in the main meal. Something that I have never tried adding chocolate in main meal. Got to be brave and adventurous.

This risotto is a heavy indulgent, flavoured with Italian seasoning. Decorate with strawberries for its Chinese New Year as well, so got to have red colour for prosperity, good health, finance, and happiness. Green is for abundant food. Chocolate for my craving, as savoury meal, and Valentine’s Day. Let’s cook!!!

Ingredients

150 g arborio rice
450 ml hot boiling water
4 Tsp melted chocolate, about 60 g, mixed with 1 Tsp oil
2-3 Tbs double cream
25 ml white wine
1 Tbs oil
2 Tsp minced garlic
2-3 Tbs margarine
a few dashes of garlic salt
Dashes of Italian Seasoning

Garnish

Strawberries
2 inches scallion, cut thinly
chili flakes (OPT)

Method

Melt chocolate chips in microwave 3 times: about 20 seconds each time stir gently to make sure no lump and no burn. Set aside. Put kettle on.

Heat oil and 1 Tbs margarine in a pot on medium heat. Add garlic cook for about 1 minutes until slightly brown. Add arborio rice, stir mixed to get flavoured about 1 minute. Add wine let it evaporate completely.

Ladle a ladle of water in. Stir to prevent sticking at the bottom. When water is absorbed, add another ladle, let’s simmer and give a stir or two. Repeat adding water till rice cooked for about 15-20 minutes until rice is al dente; the right consistency. Got to be patience. Only Love can make risotto delicious, comforting, and enjoyable for your soul.

Add 2 Tbs double cream, Italian seasoning and stir to mix well. Add 1 Tbs margarine, garlic salt and stir to incorporate. Almost at the end of cooking time, check flavour then add the remaining double cream. Mix well while lowering heat. Add melted chocolate, 1 Tbs margarine and mix well for about 2 minutes. Remove from hob. Spoon chocolate risotto onto warm plate. Garnish with strawberries, scallion and chili flakes.  Enjoy!!!!


Note: You may omit chili flakes. You may want to use parsley instead of scallion. You may omit double cream use thickened cream if you don’t want it to be a bit less creamy.

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1 Comment

  1. Never thought of it

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