Andrea and Colin’s Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp Risotto5 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup dry vermouth
6 tablespoons butter
1 to 2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon tarragon (optional)
100 grams uncooked medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
1/2 cup finely chopped purple onion
1 1/2 cups arborio (risotto) rice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Prepare chicken stock with 1/4 cup vermouth.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add half the garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté for 30 seconds, then add shrimp. Sauté until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup vermouth. Simmer until shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Do not overcook shrimp or they become tough. Drain shrimp, reserving cooking liquid.

Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan or skillet over medium heat. Add onion and remaining garlic; sauté until onion is pale golden, about 4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat, about 2 minutes. Add 1-2 cups broth mixture. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring often. Continue adding broth mixture 1/2 cup at a time, stirring often and simmering until liquid is absorbed before adding more, about 20 minutes total. Don’t “drown” the risotto!

Add sour cream.

Cook until rice is just tender and creamy, about 5 minutes longer. Add a final shot of vermouth. Stir in reserved shrimp cooking liquid. Add shrimp. Add Parmesan. Remove from heat.

Stir in 2 tablespoons parsley into risotto. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to plates. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon parsley.

Makes 4 servings –
Serve with Pinot Noir or similar Red Wine.