I made a rather nice seafood risotto at the restaurant for last Friday night. I had a very rich lobster stock in the freezer, made from over 150 lobster carcasses left over from New Years eve. I also had a great collection of fish trimmings in the freezer as well-mahi-mahi, monkfish, salmon, halibut, lobster tails-plus I added shrimp and crab.
I made about 20 portions, but here's a ratio for a more reasonable amount
5 cups good lobster stock
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped shallots
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup diced sweet red pepper
1/2 cup white wine-I used a vouvray, then paired the same wine with dinner
1 and 3/4 cups arborio rice
2 pounds of seafood-try to get a good mix of different kinds of fish-vary the textures, the colors , the flavors, etc.
large pinch of saffron
salt to your liking-I used an exotic red sea salt called Alaea Hawaiian
judicious amounts of black, white, and most importantly cayenne
chopped fresh parsley mixed with a little chopped fresh taragon
Bring the stock to a simmer and poach the fish, leaving it slightly under cooked, keep the fish warm while you finish the rice
Briefly saute the shallot, garlic, and pepper in the butter-do not brown
Add the rice and stir cook about five minutes, until the rice is opaque
Add the wine
Keep the stock at a simmer in a stock pot next to the rice pot
Slowly begin adding the stock, and stir often as the rice absorbs the stock add a small amount more
Technique is most imortant at this stage
keep the stock barely simmering
add small amounts of the stock to the rice
stir the rice often and let it absorb the stock slowly
after ten minutes begin adding the seasaonings
This whole process should take twenty-five to thirty minutes
When you get the rice to the texture and flavor you like -chewiness, creaminess, spiciness-fold in the fresh herbs and poached seafood-I like mine on the soft and creamy side
I also added some blanched peas, but some sliced green beans or asparagus would be really nice
Cook very briefly to marry all the ingredients and serve immeadiately
Wine c'est bon
I chose Marc Bredif Vouvray 2003 in cooking the dish and also to pair with dinner. It comes from the village of Rochecobon in the Loire valley in France.
Vouvrays can be very dry to very sweet dessert wines. This one was off dry, but not sweet. It had a clean, floral nose. refreshing fruity and nutty flavors with enough acidity to balance. I really like this wine, and it's not expensive_around $15 I think, I can't remember for sure.