The cantaloupe is the real surprise here. This is the first time I've ever tasted it cooked, and the temperature confusion makes you pause for a second. The freshness of the melon comes through though. It really lightens up this comfort meal and makes it fit for spring -- which is not to say that it is any less luxurious. It is still, after all, a lush risotto trimmed with melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto, and garnished with bits of crispy prosciutto. That pork on pork action is celebration enough. The beauty, however, is in the balance.
The classic combo of melon and prosciutto is combined into a divine risotto. Sweet, salty, and not too heavy.
- 1 1/2 cups cantaloupe, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 pound prosciutto
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 32 ounces chicken stock
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
- 1/3 cup grated parmigiano
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium-sized pot, bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Keep at a simmer the entire time the risotto cooks.
- Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sautee until softened, about 6-8 minutes. Add the rice and lightly toast, about 4 minutes.
- Stir the white wine into the mixture and allow it to evaporate and absorb into the rice.
- Add the warm chicken stock one ladle at a time, allowing it to absorb into the rice each time before adding the next ladle. Stir frequently to keep the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan. If it starts to look like you"™ll need more liquid to finish cooking the rice, add boiling water to your simmering pot of stock.
- Continue adding stock and stirring until the risotto is soft and creamy. The rice should still have a nice al dente chew to it though. It should take about 30 minutes to finish cooking.
- Meanwhile, roll up the prosciutto and slice it into thin ribbons. Toast a handful of it up in the oven (I use my toaster oven) until it is crispy, and reserve for garnishing.
- When the risotto is almost done, stir in the melon, uncooked prosciutto, and parmigiano. Allow everything to warm through. Season with salt and pepper if needed, top with the crispy prosciutto, and serve immediately.
Recipe Source: LickMySpoon.com.
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