Milan could easily be described through a recipe: the risotto alla Milanese
In this dish, all the features of my town may be found: it’s fulfilling, without being heavy or pompous, full of flavors perfectly matching each other. Simple, but only perfect if prepared following the right rules and due carefulness.
That’s how Milan is: fulfilling but streamlined and efficient, an excellent mix of people coming from different regions and nations, but very well mingled, without frills but balanced and perfect because every day it wakes up doing its best, following the rules.
Let’s see the recipe of the risotto alla Milanese of the chef who made Milan cooking world-famous: His Majesty Gualtiero Marchesi.
320 g Rice (carnaroli variety)
80 g butter
150 g chopped onion
100 ml white wine
½ g saffron stigmas
1 dl light beef bouillon
30 g grated Parmesan cheese
4 sheets edible gold 24k
Prepare acid butter, an invention by the Chef, with which you will then stir in the risotto; Sweat the chopped onion with 10 g of butter, simmer with wine and let it reduce by half, take off the fire and make an emulsion with 50 g of butter at room temperature. Sift and let cool.
Toast the rice in a large casserole, possibly a pan, for around two minutes. If you use non-stick casseroles you may even leave out the remaining 20 g of butter, that’s what the top chef prefers to do.
Simmer repeatedly with hot bouillon (the rice cannot change temperature!). For your convenience, you may use Star bouillons in blisters, they are excellent. In such case, pick the mixed meat one. If instead you have time, make your own bouillon with a chunk of chicken, one of meat and vegetables with a pinch of coarse salt.
After around 18 minutes, add the saffron stigmas, add as much salt as necessary.
Off the fire, stir in the previously prepared butter and parmesan. Let sit and then place on the dish, remember that risotto shall be “all’onda” (wavy), i.e. it has to move if you swing the dish.
It shall be flat, not a pyramid-like goo. Place on each portion its food gold sheet. Enjoy Milan!