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Stir risotto often for creamy results

Fine Cooking Issue 50
Photo: Scott Phillips
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Although risotto is surprisingly easy to make—it takes only about 20 minutes to cook—it does demand a watchful eye and patient stirring. The stirring ensures that the rice cooks evenly and the kernels on the bottom of the pan don’t burn. Stirring also gives you a sense of how much liquid has been absorbed by the rice, so it’s clear when to add the next ladleful. Stir at least once every minute, using a large wooden spoon.


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