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Risotto on Le Creuset enamel cast iron


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Risotto on Le Creuset enamel cast iron

ethnicchower | Jul 11, 2011 02:58 PM

I am looking for the best pot to make risotto (and polenta) without having it stick at the bottom.

I have been using my enameled cast iron Le Creuset french oven for this purpose, but I always end up with a layer of burned rice at the bottom (unless I over-stir the risotto, in which case it doesn't stick but it turns out gooey. I like each rice grain to be loose on a creamy sauce.) I made some polenta using the same pot, and once again I ended up with a thin burned layer at the bottom.

I am starting out with my gas burner set to medium (to heat the oil and fry the onions), and then I lower it to low while the rice is cooking.

I am wondering if anyone has any tips, in particular:
1) If you have good results making risotto on an enameled cast iron pan, what do you do differently? Is there any trick I should try next time?
2) What is the ideal pot one should have to make rissoto or polenta without burning? Teflon? (I've been avoiding cooking with Teflon given all the cancer talk around it).

Thanks in advance!

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