Saturday, July 2, 2011

Risotto ai Frutti di Mare

A Happy 4th of July to all. I hope that you, your families and friends are all having a wonderful weekend.
Wow! it’s been three weeks since my last post! I have no idea where time has gone. I have of course noticed that our cold rainy spring has turned into a hot summer overnight. Today, I’ll share the recipe I was hoping to share before my computer wows, Risotto ai frutti di mare – one of my favorite ways to make risotto. My laptop wows are not quite over but I managed to identify the problem and know how to bypass it now (still trying to understand the cause though). I hope to get back to visiting all your lovely blogs and sharing ideas very soon. In northern California the temperature hit the 90s today! I know everyone is busy preparing for the 4th so I’ll go straight to today’s recipe, risotto ai frutti di mare.
Risotto ai frutti di mare
Seafood Risotto: The Ingredients

½ lb scallops
½ lb calamari
½ lb medium sized deveined uncooked shrimp
½ lb mussels
Fish stock (I use Bar Harbor all natural fish stock)
300 grams Riso vialone nano
1 glass dry white wine
½ can of tomatoes (puree in a blender)
Two garlic cloves (crushed).
Bunch of basil
4 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste
Seafood risotto: The Cooking Method

Here's the way I prepare this dish:
  1. Wash and clean the mussels and then place in a pot of boiling water with a bay leaf until the shells open. Remove from the fire and drain. Remove the mussels from the shells and set aside.
  2. Prepare and wash all the ingredients. Wash the rice well and rinse all of the fish you will add then clean the calamari and cut into strips.
  3. Pour the olive oil into the pan and sauté the crushed garlic and chopped basil.
  4. Add all of the seafood and sauté for about 5 minutes. Then add the glass of wine.
  5. When the liquid has evaporated to half its volume, remove the fish from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add the rice and the pureed tomatoes. Keep stirring and add the fish stock as needed. It takes about 20 minutes for the rice to cook.
  7. Add all the cooked seafood in the last 3 minutes or so. As soon as the liquid has evaporated, remove from the fire.
  8. Add some chopped basil to garnish. Serve and eat immediately.


I'd like to give a shoutout to Heather from Pass the Cayenne Pepper Please  who put a big smile on my face a few weeks ago when she sent me an email to say I had won some wonderful Chiobani yogurt - I'm looking forward to receiving the coupons to try it out.

From my Backyard

The backyard is alive and well this time of year and, of course, so is the wildlife. So a couple of weekends ago, I was quite pleased to pick some wonderful cherries from our newest tree.

But we did not get to pick a single cherry from our large tree. They weren't quite ready for picking that same weekend. When I went to pick them last Saturday, all the local birds had had a feast. there was literally only a handful left! Our wild cherries however are mostly still there and  I did make a few cherry pies last weekend.


  1. Wow great job on growing them, I never have had luck with cherries in NY to grow, we love them, my favorite are Rainier but these would be amazing to me to grow myself just awesome!

  2. Chris, this is lovely. Risotto really soaks up the delicious fish flavours - I love the mixture you have used. Definitely tummy-rumbling stuff! Happy 4th July!

  3. Definitely yum! last time I had this dish was in Lignano - never tried to do it at home so thanks....I might. :)

  4. Your seafood risotto looks absolutely delicious!! This is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy seafood. You're so lucky to be able to pick cherries from your backyard!! That's wonderful!

  5. Hi Chris! So happy to see you back posting again! :D
    Hopefully your pc is not going to give you any problems asap! :)
    I've not try risotto before but I'm sure it's very delicious!
    Lovely nice color cherries you have Chris! Too bad we're not able to grow them in Singapore and it's selling very expensive but I'll still buy them if my girls want or when I just feel like buying for the family :)
    Enjoy your weekend! :D

  6. This is perfect for my hubby - he is a major seafood fan! Thanks!

  7. Oh, the result looks just wonderful! I find risotto hard to make but it surely is worthy the work. Great photo on the served risotto!

  8. Oh my goodness - your risotto looks so amazing. Perfect for summer. And you have a cherry tree! Jealous!

  9. I understand the disappointment with your cherry harvest or lack of one. I have three cherry trees in our orchard. When I pick cherries, I am covered with cherry juice dripping down on me from the birds overhead eating faster than I can pick.

  10. I adore seafood and your risotto looks fabulous - can smell the gorgeous aromas from the pot over here! I really feel for you about the cherries - we had the same problem. This year the birds ate the whole lot! Was thinking more on the lines of bird pâté next time, in their honour ;-)
    Sorry, that was bad. Cheers to that risotto dish and hope you're having a lovely 4th July!

  11. Adoro il risotto ai frutti di mare... ho appena finito di mangiare e ho già di nuovo fame! :)
    Comunque, per fare onore a questo bel piatto di pesce, mangerò un bel sorbetto al limone!

  12. Good to see you back! The risotto looks so beautiful with all of the different seafood! So nice and summery!! That is awesome that you have cherry trees in your yard where you can harvest your own! That must be so nice to look forward to each year (except for the birds). :)

  13. Wow, this is gourmet risotto for me! Just love seafood and rice together. I can imagine how good this is with the fish stock and white wine to cream the rice. This is absolutely irresistible! I'll will make this pronto for sure! Thanks for sharing this excellent recipe!

  14. Lovely risotto. I love adding seafood to mine as well. Cooking risotto can be tricky but your procedure comes in handy.
    Glad you are back.
    And oh btw, iwish I can pick fresh fruits from my backyard too.

  15. Your experience of the cherries echoes with me loud and true. I am visiting my parents and I arrived on Saturday seeing their cherry tree with ripening cherries, I said I'll pick some later to eat. Come Tuesday morning, they are all gone - cheeky little birds have feasted on all of them!

  16. Happy 4th of July to you and yours, Chris!!!
    This risotto sounds delicious and looks so good too!


  17. I LOVE risotto, and I love this recipe even more because it's seafood!!!! Oh my goodness... I'll be eating at least 2 plates of this risotto. I'm going to keep this recipe in my folder! Thanks for sharing. ;-)

  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks great! On another note...I would love to plant my own fruit tree, but I know I'd have the same problem with birds. My next door neighbor has a bird feeder that attracts them. They're cute birds, but I don't want to share my fruits with them. haha

  19. What a wonderful looking risotto! Sorry to hear about your laptop issues, mine has some as well and the birds eating all of your cherries, but the wld ones look wonderful :)
    Hope you had a wonderful and safe 4th :)

  20. This looks so yum...! I love carb with seafood, this risotto somehow reminds me of paella :)!

  21. Wow what a great take on risotto!! Seafood is soo delicious and I love this recipe! :) Hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!

  22. Nice job with all of that seafood! How intimidating is the calamari? Yikes! I love it but I prefer someone else to make it :)

  23. Gorgeous! I love all the seafood in this and I agree with Dee...calamari is super intimidating so nice work! Your cherries are so pretty too- I think I've eaten twice my body weight in cherries this season so I'm super jealous of your tree! Pie recipe coming soon??

  24. I love risotto especially if it's seafood! Yours looks gorgeous, Chris!
    How lucky are you to have cherry trees in you backyard! I'm so jealous!

  25. Risotto looks yum! I could make this with the fruits of le jardin :)

  26. Dear Chris, It is frustrating when the computer decides to have a mind of its own. It can be very difficult to discover the problem not to mention expensive. But now to get to that wonderful risotto! Oh, I have not had that in a long time and it sounds fantastic. It must be a pleasure to pick your own cherries and go and bake a cherry pie! Thank you for your visits to my blog. I love and look forward to having such beautiful friends. Blessings, Catherine xo

  27. Risotto is just one of the most delicious gifts of all cuisines! What a great way to prepare it! How lucky you are to have your own cherry tree(s). I remember many years ago when my kids would climb a family cherry tree to pick all of those red gems! But then the house was sold and we were never lucky enough to be able to do it again. They are so very sweet when first picked!!!! Enjoy, enjoy!

  28. I'm envious that you have a wonderful cherry tree in your yard. It's amazing how fast birds can eat most of a crop. Love your seafood risotto and hope to make it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe.

  29. This risotto looks delicious! And those cherries look really delicious! What about a cherry pie?

  30. This is a beauty. Consider me "wowed." The seafood just jumps out to me and the creamy risotto brings me back in.

  31. Your risotto looks delicious. This is the kind of dish my family would love. I'm new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary


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