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risotto veal asparagus
Risotto with Veal,
Asparagus and Peas

strawberries
Strawberries with Yogurt
and Mint

 

Menu Plan for the week of May 10, 2013:  Sunday's Recipes

Risotto with Asparagus, Veal and Peas
Strawberries with Yogurt and Mint

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       You could use turkey or chicken rather than the veal in this dish.  This is our last risotto until late summer.

Risotto with Asparagus, Veal and Peas         Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
   Spring risotto, with fresh asparagus, peas, and a bit of green garlic.  Enjoy the season!   

6oz (180gr) asparagus
1/2 cup (2.5oz, 75gr) peas, fresh or frozen, plain
2/3 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto - Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) dry, white wine
2 1/4 cups (18oz, 540ml) chicken stock
4 green garlic  substitute 4 green onion
1 tbs butter
1/2 cup (2oz, 60gr) Parmesan cheese - freshly grated 
Condimenti

Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat. 
Prepare asparagus, cutting to 1 inch (2.5cm) lengths, reserving tips.  Trim and slice green garlic.  
In medium sauce pan heat butter; add green garlic, rice and sauté, stirring, for 2 - 3 minutes until rice has white center.  Add white wine and stir. 
Start condimenti. 
When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of stock and all of the asparagus, except tips, and stir.  (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.)  When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring. 
Before the last 2 '1/3 cups', add the asparagus tips to the rice.  Add the peas to the stock to heat.
Before the last 1/3 cup is added taste a few kernels of rice.  They should be just 'al dente' - slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked.  If more stock is needed add it a tbs at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed.  At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff - there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold it's shape on a plate. 
Pour off any remaining stock from the peas and add peas to risotto.  Add the Parmesan and the condimenti, stir well, pour into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately. 
It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be quite stiff.  The risottos that we have eaten in northern Italy have all been served in soup plates (flattish bowls) and eaten with a spoon - not a fork.

Condimenti

6oz (180gr) veal scallops
1oz (30gr) mangetout, snow peas, pea pods
2 tsp olive oil

Trim the mangetout and slice, diagonally, into strips.   Slice the veal scallops into bite-size strips. While risotto is cooking, heat oil in medium skillet.  Add veal and sauté until cooked through.  Add mangetout and sauté 2 - 3 minutes longer. Cover and keep warm until needed for risotto.

Fresh Strawberries with Yogurt and Mint       Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes
   A bit of sugar and Greek Yogurt is wonderful with fresh strawberries.... and ever so much healthier than cream.  If you have fresh mint - that will finish it just right!

1 - 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
1 tbs sugar   optional
4oz (125gr) Greek yogurt
1 tbs fresh mint, snipped  optional

Rinse strawberries.  With your fingers, pull the stem end and leaves off.  Cut in half or quarters if very large. Put into a medium bowl and sprinkle with sugar.  Stir gently. Add yogurt and snipped mint and stir gently.  Spoon into 2 small dishes and serve.

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes for menu
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl, 2 saucepans, medium skillet

Heat stock
Trim, slice green garlic
Sauté green garlic, rice
Add wine, stir, cook
Trim, cut asparagus
Remove peas from freezer
Add 1/3 cup stock, asparagus (not tips), stir, cook
Grate Parmesan
Stir rice
Trim, slice snow peas
Add 1/3 cup stock, stir

Slice veal
Stir rice
Trim, cut strawberries
Add 1/3 cup stock, stir
Finish strawberries
Stir rice
Sauté veal
Add 1/3 cup stock, stir
Add snow peas to veal
Add 1/3 cup stock, stir
Add asparagus tips to risotto; peas to stock
Finish risotto
Add peas, Parmesan, Condimenti
Serve
Don't forget the strawberries