Sunday, May 13, 2007

Date night

Last night, I made Champagne Risotto with asparagus and prosciutto chips. It is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe that was recommended to me by my friend Rebecca. She was right, it was a great excuse to open a bottle of champagne (we have plenty of bottles left over from our wedding). As far as risottos go, this recipe is quick and easy to make, as it serves just two people. The champagne adds just a hint of sweetness. With a side salad, this is the perfect date night dinner! However, you could easily scale the recipe for four or six people for a celebratory dinner party.

Perhaps the most delicious part of the recipe is the prosciutto chips. You take slices of prosciutto and put them flat on a cookie tray. I used a silpat on the cookie tray to make cleaning easy. You put the slices of prosciutto in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until crispy. Then remove the tray from the oven, take the prosciutto slices off the tray and place them on paper towels. Once cool, crumble the crisped prosciutto into bite-sized pieces. In the case of this recipe, you garnish the risotto with the crispy prosciutto, but you could put it in salad, on pizza, etc.

Check out the very delicious recipe for
Champagne Risotto. I promise it is as good as the picture looks!


Anonymous said...

MMMmmmm bacon-like chips. Sounds good to me. I'll try it. What's a silpat? That sounds like something only married women have.

Alice said...

Silpats baking mats are made of fiberglass and silicone and they can turn any pan into a non-stick surface. You can place the silpat on sheet pan when working with sticky materials such as batter, taffy, caramel, or anything that you don't want to stick. They don't need to be greased and are easy to clean. Plus they have a funny name to say!

al said...

just made this w the boy and it was a hit! thanks, alice : )