Monday, April 23, 2012
Pressure cooker semi-fail--risotto
This pressure cooker was a bust.
First, it never got up to pressure. I have a pressure canner and I know what coming up to pressure should look and sound like when you've got a jiggle top. This never happened. So the rice got done--albeit a bit over done in a way--and the bottom got burned. It was a big old fail.
Now, I've heard second generation pressure cookers are fantastic, and they may well be, but they are also ridiculously expensive. Unless I have gift cards to the store that is selling them, I'm not sure it's something I'm going to invest in right now. I was toying with it, but the least expensive second generation pressure cooker I could find was $60. (I do have gift cards that would have covered almost all of the cost of a really nice Fagor pressure cooker at one high-end store, but they were pushing me to buy and electric pressure cooker. That was kind of a turnoff.)
I was able to completely salvage it. At first, I tried to just form a pancake and fry the risotto, but that didn't work out too well, and I realized I needed a crispy coating. So then I rolled the cold leftover risotto in balls, flattened them out, and and dredged them in bread crumbs, and fried them in a little olive oil. These were very tasty, and the extra gloopy texture served the pancake well.