It wasn’t until recently that I realized the term "risotto" could be applied to all sorts of dishes that didn’t have an ounce of rice involved. It’s a liberating idea in theory, but one I haven’t really followed through with in practice. Although I never thought turnips would be the gateway, we actually picked this recipe because of the turnips, not the risotto tag. The fiancée and I just came to the conclusion that we probably hadn’t ever bought turnips before. It was about time.
Halfway through preparing this recipe, I predicted disaster. It didn’t smell that wonderful, and all that oil looked excessive. The resulting dish was a tad heavy, but I suppose that all rice-based risottos are, too. Luscious, warming, and filling probably give a better description. It's yet another Mario Batali recipe that seems a little too simple until it hits the plate.
- 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 red onion, cut into 1/8-inch dice
- 1 1/2 pounds turnips, cut into 1/8-inch dice
- 2 cups hot chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
- 1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
Warm the chicken stock in a sauce pan over medium-low heat.
Pour the olive oil into a large skillet and turn the heat to medium. Toss in the onion and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
Add the turnips and cook for 2 minutes. Ladle in some of the hot chicken stock and cook until absorbed. Continue until all of the stock has been added, about 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Add the butter and grated cheese stir occasionally for a minute. Remove from the heat, garnish with parsley, and serve.