Risotto Milanese is a traditional Italian dish that first appeared in cookbooks the 1800s. Unlike risotto flavored with chicken or vegetable broth, this hearty dish features plenty of beef and saffron which gives it a unique texture and color. This recipe uses a touch of nutmeg to enhance the flavor and Pecorino Romano cheese to add more flavor and texture to the dish. Italian cooking is popular in Japan and there are many restaurants and cafes that serve risotto, but surprisingly, Arborio rice can be difficult to find. Fortunately, Risotto Milanese uses Carnaroli rice which is grown in Japan and can be purchased online or in upscale grocery stores.
Saffron gives this dish its distinctive color, and the bright red saffron threads add to the beauty of this dish.
I love to cook risotto at home- once you get the basic technique down you’ll find that it is becomes very easy to prepare it perfectly every time.