Saffron Risotto in the Pressure Cooker
1 pinch saffron
⅓ cup hot water
4 tablespoons butter
1 small shallot
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
¾ cup dry white wine
3 ¼ cups boiling vegetable stock
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
or to taste
Soak saffron threads in hot water in a bowl.
Melt 2 1/2 tablespoons butter in a pressure cooker over low heat. Cook and stir shallot until soft, about 3 minutes. Add rice; cook and stir for a few minutes until rice has absorbed butter and is toasted, about 3 minutes. Pour in wine and allow alcohol to cook off, about 1 minute. Add boiling stock all at once and stir. Close cooker securely and place pressure regulator over vent according to manufacturer’s instructions. Increase heat to high. Heat until steam escapes in a steady flow and makes a whistling sound. Reduce heat to low and cook for 4 minutes.
Remove cooker from heat and release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, about 5 minutes. Carefully open once pressure is completely released and stir well. Stir in saffron, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoon butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
Let risotto rest for 3 minutes in order to expand, soak up the stock, and absorb flavor. Serve in warmed bowls with extra grated Parmesan cheese.
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