I really felt the need to share this recipe, I love it so much. Last summer I ate this dish at Lefteris Lazarou's restaurant in Athens, Greece (Varoulko) and still dream about it. I found it offered online but it is in Greek, so here is a translated recipe for you guys. I want to spread the joy...:)
ORZO RISOTTO WITH CRAYFISH
52ml olive oil
3/4 diced onion
375 grams orzo
75ml finely grated tomato with juice
30 crayfish (or large shrimp), cleaned (but keep the heads and shells for stock)
2 tbs butter, unsalted
1/2 bunch of mint
1 fennel, diced
1 tbs chopped garlic
1/2 hot red pepper, diced
a sweet Greek wine called Moschato Limnou (or a sweet, aromatic wine of your choice)- 2 tbs
a dry White Wine of your choice-3/4 cup
2 limes, sliced
40 grams freshly grated parmesan
2 tbs chopped parsley
dash of salt
1) Make the crayfish stock: in 2 liters of water, boil the crayfish heads and shells. Add the sliced lime, fennel, and mint and let the water boil until the liquid is reduced by half- make sure to keep dunking the heads and crayfish into the water so the flavor infuses properly. Strain the stock into another pot and keep warm.
2) Saute the onion in olive oil until soft. Add the orzo and stir continuously. Lower the heat and add the dry white wine until it is all absorbed. Add the stock and grated tomato in small portions and let it absorb before adding more. Do this until the orzo is cooked but still has bite.
3) Add the butter and garlic and take the orzo off of heat, stirring continuously. Add the crayfish, hot pepper, the sweet wine and a small dash of salt. Add parmesan and parsley and serve immediately!
I hope I am not hyping this up too much but I really love it.
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