While my friend Melody was visiting the beautiful Orvieto in Umbria, one of the treasures she returned with, were black truffles. The truffle is a type of fungi, with a very distinct aroma and flavor, I swoon when I am near it!
This is a basic risotto, with Black Truffle, the star.
2 Tablespoons butter, divided
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 large shallot, minced
1 cup Arborio rice
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
plus extra to dust top
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
In a medium saucepan over low heat, bring the stock to a light simmer.
In a large saute pan, heat a tablespoon of butter and olive oil, add shallot and stir until softened.
Add rice to the pan, garlic, and salt.
When the rice has a little dot that comes out in the center, add the wine.
Add a ladle of chicken stock and stir. Keep adding stock after the previous amount of stock has been absorbed. This should take about 20-25 minutes. Stir in remaining tablespoon of butter.
Remove pan with risotto from heat.
Spoon risotto into two serving bowls. Top with a dusting of Parmesan, if desired. Sprinkle the parsley over each dish, and grate the truffle on top. Indulge.