Risotto has a reputation for being "difficult" or time consuming - Preparing, cooking and serving this one takes about 35 minutes, so go figure.
Step 1: Ingredients
75g (3oz) (stick and half) of unsalted butter.
400g (14oz) Arborio rice (whatever, use a good risotto rice, not a long-grain)
1/2 bottle of dry white wine (no alcohol will be left at the end of the recipe)
1 litre (1.75 UK pints) of fish/chicken/vegetable stock
450g (1 lb) of cooked prawns
50 g (2oz) of parmesan cheese.
2 tablespoons of flat leaf parsley.
sea salt and freshly milled black pepper.
Step 2: Method Pt 1
Str in the rice until it is opaque and really hot. You can hear the rice crackle slightly.
Stir in one glass of wine, flash off the rice until the alcohol has boiled off, and add the rest of the wine.
LET THE RICE ABSORB IT.
Step 3: Method Pt II. the Magic.
We keep the pan of stock hot, but not boiling vigorously on an adjacent ring of the hob.
Add a ladle full of stock at a time AND LET THE RICE ABSORB IT.
Continue until you have say 1 ladle full left.
Add the prawns, stir thoroughly, and finish adding the stock.
At the end of the process, the rice should still be very slightly firm to the bite.
Step 4: Finishing
Take off the heat, and stir in the parmesan, the parsley and the butter.
COVER and leave for 2 minutes before serving.
The final dish should be creamy, but with the rice retaining its character in the dish.