- 1In a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed pot, melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter. Add 1/2 cup chopped sweet onions, and cook over medium heat about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender and transparent but not browned.
- 2Stir in 1 cup Arborio rice and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the rice is shiny but not browned. Pour in 1/2 cup dry white vermouth and raise the heat to high. Cook until the vermouth has been absorbed, about 3 minutes, and then reduce heat to medium.
- 3Stir in 1 cup simmering chicken or vegetable broth and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Repeat with another cup of broth twice, stirring occasionally, until rice is tender but still firm enough to hold its shape.
- 4Just before serving, stir in 1 cup each chopped watercress leaves and nasturtium blossoms. Stir in 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, preferably on heated plates, garnishing each portion with a whole nasturtium blossom.
Beverage pairing: Hugel Gewürztraminer, France. The cress and nasturtium in this risotto give it a flowery, peppery kick, so the wine needs to kick back. Nothing does this so well as Gewürztraminer from Alsace. This one is no exception and in addition brings soothing notes of litchi and peaches to the pairing.