February 2nd, 2008

Risotto

Hello all,

I plan on making spicy red pepper risotto for dinner tonight, and the recipe is asking for white wine. I do not have any white wine, and it looks like the weather will not be allowing me to leave, so I could get some. I was wondering if anybody knows of any substitutions I could use? Is it even necessary to use white wine? I've never made this before, and simply found the recipe by goggling vegan risotto. Thanks for your help. I also can't help but think the recipe is skipping a few steps...


Ingredients-
1 onion, diced
3 green onions (scallions), sliced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/3 cups arborio rice
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2/3 cup white wine
salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION:
Sautee the onion, green onions, bell pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add rice and cook for one more minute.
Add red pepper and cayenne. Begin to add vegetable broth, 1/2 cup at a time.

Stir, and wait until most of the liquid has been absorbed before adding more. Continue adding vegetable broth, and then the white wine 1/2 cup at a time.
Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with vegan cheese if desired.

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