from the kitchen of Lorie Fangio, Resident Chef

Herbed Risotto with Sea Scallops


Herbed Risotto with Sea Scallops

5 tablespoons butter divided

1 medium onion

1½ cups Arborio rice

4 cups chicken broth

1 cup water

¼ cup heavy cream

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 pound or 16 sea scallops

Salt to taste

½ recipes Basil Gremolata

Basil Gremolata

2 cups packed fresh basil leaves

1 cup packed flat leaf parsley

4 cloves garlic

Zest and juice from 2 small lemons

¼ cup olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until pureed.

In a medium sauce pan, bring chicken broth and water to a boil then reduce to simmer. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet or chef’s pan.  Grate onion into the melted butter and cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.  Add rice and stir until grains start to swell and are coated well with butter about 4-5 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and add broth 1/2 cup at a time letting the rice absorb the liquid before adding more and stirring almost continuously. Continue this process until all of the liquid has been incorporated. Check rice, if it is still too al dente; add a bit more water in the same procedure. Season scallops with salt.  In a small skillet melt remaining butter over medium heat, when sizzling add  scallops and cook until brown, about 3 minutes before turning to cook the other side.  If scallops are large, they may need a few more minutes in the pan over medium to low heat.  Remove rice from heat, add cream and ¼ cup basil gremolata to the rice, and stir very well.  Add parmesan cheese and stir to incorporate.  Serve risotto with scallops on top.  Garnish with additional herbs if desired.


Basil Gremolata is perfect over any grilled meat, especially beef. 

To hold the unused gremolata in the refrigerator, cover the surface with plastic wrap to avoid oxidizing.

Lorie_Fangio_A_Taste_of_Paris_McKinney_TexasFor more of Lorie’s recipe’s visit our McKinney Kitchens page.

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