Here’s a restaurant-quality meal for a special occasion that’s easily prepared at home. Sweet sea scallops encrusted with a pistachio-lemon zest combination are served atop a simple baked Champagne risotto accompanied by roasted asparagus. Since giving you a recipe for an American-inspired risotto some months ago, I’ve discovered a method for making risotto that is easy and foolproof — and I may never make risotto any other way again. Instead of painstakingly stirring risotto on the stovetop, the method I’ve discovered is to simply bake it.
Risotto, a traditional Italian rice dish, has a reputation for being difficult and time-consuming. While it’s true risotto waits for no one, the technique is simple. Once you do it, I hope you’ll find it as fun and relaxing as I do.