Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – Risotto With Garfish (Needle Fish)




Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – Garfish (Needlefish) Risotto

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Rice (Carnaroli or Aboreo)- one pound

Garfish (needlefish) – one pound

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Two spoons

White wine


Garlic & Parsley


Marine salt
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First of all we have to clean the scales of the fishes, wash them then clean the inside of each fish: open their belly to extract all their organs to be discarded.
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Cut the fish on its back (where is the dorsal fin)Risotto Aguglia (2)













Insert a finger inside to separate the flesh from the bones.

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Do this and be careful to not remain bones along with the flesh.
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Work alike in the picture.
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You can also cut the sides of the fish neck.Risotto Aguglia (13)














Then insert the finger to grab the flesh.
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The fish backbone will be clean.
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Recover the flesh in to a cup.
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I use bones and head to prepare the broth (we will use later)
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Chop an onion.

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Fry it in two spoons of extra virgin olive oil.
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As the onion fades add one spoon of chopped garlic and parsley.

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As the garlic start to fade drop the fish.
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Meantime the broth is ready.
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Stir wellthe fish in the “soffritto”.
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In two three minutes the fish is cooked.
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Drop the rice.
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Stir. Risotto Aguglia (30)















keep frying the rice for one or two minutes.
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Drop some pine-cones.
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Get the broth which you prepared before.
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Add small quantities of broth only when necessary.
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Yu have to add marine salt too: two or three pinches should be enough.
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Continue to stir, as the rice absorb the broth you add more.
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Always in small quantities.
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The rice have to remain humid.
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Check the salinity after 20-25 minutes since the rice was dropped.
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Also add the needed salt in small quantities.
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Check again the salinity and if the rice is properly cooked “aldente”.
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At the last minutes drop 1/4 of glass of white wine: this is “Prosecco dellla Valdobbiadene” one of my favorites wines.
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As you drop the wine you stir the risotto.
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Risotto needs 25 to 30 minutes to cook properly.
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This simple risotto can be made with any kind of fish.
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Cooking Foods Italian Recipes – Needle Fish Risotto

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