Risotto del monastero

This risotto is a danishification of a nice recipe I have got from Sigrid at CavolettoDiBruxelles.it. It happened that I was supposed to make Sigrid’s dish one evening and I was missing some of the ingredients. So I have used what I had at home: apples from my little garden and beer instead of white wine for the post toasting phase of the rice. Italians would shout “sei matto!!”. I know it’s a big scandal. But at least I have used a very nice beer from Aarhus: The “Klosterbryg” meaning the brew from the monastery (in Italian “convento”). It’s a handmade brew, at least this is what its nice designed label says. It has a quite special taste, I haven’t been thought a sommelier course so far, but I would say it’s a “corposo”, full-bodied taste.

The apple from my tree are quite sour so I thought it was a nice idea to add some dill. Both for balancing the taste and for making it more Scandinavian as possible!

If it’s your first risotto I suggest you to read al least my previous post about a basic risotto
where I have explained all the phases for the perfect risotto into details (soffritto, tostatura, resting and mantecatura)

INGREDIENTS for 4 people
- 200g of RISO CARNAROLI (Carnaroli Rice …please!)
- 1 leek (porre, porro, allium ampeloprasum)
- 1 green pepper
- 1 bottle of Klosterbryg from Aarhus Bryghus (fridge cooled)
- 1 litre of water
- 40g of butter
- 50g Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
- celery, onion, carrot, laurel for the stock
- some fresh dill

If you can’t find that specific beer I feel very sorry for you. It’s a very nice beer. I guess you might use a dark beer, maybe a Ceres Export, but don’t get me wrong. They are not the same at all.

Talking of pepper just because I am Italian and I can’t stand this misunderstanding anymore. Peperone is always a vegetable: a green, red or yellow pepper. Pepperoni (with 2 p) is a made up word that now is on the Oxford English dictionary. Anyway if you ask in Italy for a pepperone (with one, two, three or even four p) you will always get a vegetable and never a sort of salami. So don’t get piss with the waiter if you order a Ppeppperoni Pizza and then you won’t get any meat of sort on it. Next time just order a “pizza al salame piccante” and you won’t get “ripped off”



The stock, you need to start to prepare it 30 minutes before.
1. Peel and cut in two a couple of carrots
2. Clean the celery and make some incisions on it (it will release more taste into the stock)
3. Peel an onion. When I peel onions I always remember what my Sardinian friend Antonello once told me: “my mother trow away the first layer of it when peeling, and if my mother does so it mean it’s a must”
4. Put all the vegetable in 1l of water, add same salt, black pepper, and laurel
5. Let it boil for at least 30 minutes.

The risotto.
1. Open the beer. Fill up a glass and drink it.
2. Put 4 tea spoons of EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, and 20g of Danish Butter Lurpak in a big pot. This mixing is a good trick to avoid the butter to release acrolein that is bad for your liver and to avoid to burn the oil.
3. Slice the leek in tiny tiny slices and fry it into the oil butter
4. Peel the green pepper as if it was a potato. Removing the peel makes it more digestible. Remove the white kernel and slice it in small cubes.
5. When the onion is soft but not burned add the rice into the pot and toast the rice.
6. After two minutes add a glass of beer and let the alcohol evaporate for circa 2 minutes
7. Add 3 ladle of stocks.
8. Add the chopped green pepper
9. From now on it is the same procedure you would use for every risotto. Just remember to pour 3 ladle of stock and stir now and then. Stirring is important in order to distribute the stock and the heat.
10. 5 minutes before the rice is ready, peel, slice and chop two apple and add them into the rice. You might want to save a couple of slices for the topping.
11. Add some small cubes of Parmigiano for the “mantecatura”.
12. When the rice is “al dente” e “all’onda” add some chopped dill. All’onda means wavy, in a way that if you tilt the plate the risotto ripples in waves.

Let it rest for 3 minutes and then serve with some grilled apple slices on the top.

10 thoughts on “Risotto del monastero

  1. Very interesting recipe – but I’m curious about one thing! – how did it taste, this experiment with beer and apples and dild?

    (such a beautiful blog you’ve made :)

  2. Regarding the american “pepperoni”. My guess is that being a hot sausages imported by southern italians in the US, and the word pepperoni in south italy is also used for hot peppers, the equation become quite self explanatory: pepperoni sausage = hot sausage. I think with time our American cousins just dropped the word sausage.


  3. Yes I guess is the same story as in “Balsamìco” here in denmark.
    It was “Aceto balsamico” (balsamic vinegar) and then just got shorten to “balsamìco”.

    I remember the first year here in DK I’ve once asked for “Rødvin eddike” and the young guy in Føtex looked at me like if I was joking. Then I showed him a bottle of “Aceto Balsamico di Modena” and he said “That’s not vinegar, it’s balsamìco”

  4. @adam: ok you can try it next time we have dinner hos mig :-)

    It’s a quite balanced taste of sour, sweet, salty and the texture has a smooth touch together with a more hard fruit like consistency from the apples. I don’t know it what I wrote has any meaning in English… but when you eat it is like a normal risotto with some special feeling

  5. I believe the completely correct Danish name for aceto balsamico is “balsamisk eddike”.

    Rødvinseddike is indeed something different, probably produced in france as fast as possible out of thin sour wine they couldn’t sell anyway… without the sweetness and full aroma of real balsamico.

  6. Yeap! You are right.

    But the aceto (eddike) balsamico is based on red wine grapes (trebbiano e lambrusco). It became popular in Italy in the ’90s.

    Before we were just using normal red wine aceto. The balsamico was quite rare and posh. I guess in the 90′ they have found out how to synthesize the taste of the aceto balsamico and then sell it in the supermarket.

  7. In the ’90 we started to eat a lot of rucola with aceto balsamico!


    I mean all the grandma recipe are using the normal red wine vinegar.

  8. I think the aceto basamico make us feel a little more special ;-)
    I still like the normal red wine vinegar though… which remind me that I just bought a bottle of italian tomato vinegar to try out, since I never tasted it before, and I was positively surprised, it has a sun dried tomato-like flavor, but still mild, not bad… not bad…