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Risotto with Champagne and pomegranate

Easy recipe for Christmas menus

by Ada Parisi
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Risotto allo Champagne e melograno

Risotto with Champagne and pomegranate. An easy yet elegant recipe designed specifically for holiday menus. The main qualities of this risotto are the simplicity of execution and the pleasant acidity. Per renderlo più originale, I decided to make a Pomegranate juice reduction, To be dosed in drops on risotto to give a more interesting touch than just the fruit. But, As always, You can also settle for garnishing the risotto with pomegranate seeds and you will love it just as much. And if you still don't have a clear idea of the holiday menus, Take a look at this thematic collection of IDEAS AND RECIPES FOR CHRISTMAS MENUS: appetizers, Baked first courses, risotto, Roasts and desserts. Or to the 25 UNMISSABLE FIRST COURSES FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE.

To prepare the risotto with champagne and pomegranate I used, Obviously, a Champagne (in my case the Boizel cellar in Epernay, One of the souvenirs of my trip to Champagne). I already know what you will say: Champagne is expensive. And it's true. Then, Here are some recommended alternatives to Champagne: Franciacorta, a Trento DOC or DOCG Prosecco zero dosage (no residual sugar), so as to maintain the characteristic sour note that the Champagne wine gives the risotto. Stir with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, so we have a nice contrast between acidity and fat. And make sure that the pomegranate is not too harsh.

The only flaw of Champagne risotto with pomegranate is that, although it is easy, you still have to prepare espresso: I recommend it, then, for Christmas dinners but with a few selected guests. If you want to know more about how to use pomegranate in cooking, read my article on MELAGRANA IN KITCHEN. Have a good day!

Risotto allo Champagne e melograno


Portions: 4 Preparation: cooking:
Nutrition facts: 250 calories 20 fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


320 grams of Carnaroli rice

vegetable broth

200 milliliters of champagne

a piece of white onion

salt and pepper

20 grams of butter

a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Grated Parmigiano Reggiano 36 months

50 grams of butter to cream

of pomegranate grains to decorate the dish

roasted pistachios to decorate the dish


100 milliliters of pomegranate juice

15 grams of cornstarch

20 grams of caster sugar


Risotto with Champagne and pomegranate

For the reduction of pomegranate, using a juicer to obtain from 100 milliliters of pomegranate juice. Mix the cornstarch with sugar, then pour the powder in pomegranate juice and stir until dissolved. Place the pomegranate juice and boil and cook until velero spoon and will not begin to thicken. Pour pomegranate gel in a bowl: cooling will thicken.

To prepare the risotto with Champagne, Clean the onion and chop finely (you can also grate it if you prefer). Put the butter and oil in a large saucepan with low edges. When the butter has melted, add onion and a tablespoon of hot broth. Cook the onion over low heat for 10-15 minutes, until it withered, adding if necessary a little more broth so as not to make it burn. When the onion is wilted, add the rice, stir and toast always very low heat, stirring occasionally. Then, fade risotto with Champagne: Cook over low heat until the alcohol part evaporates. Salt the risotto and add a little boiling vegetable broth. Bring the cooked risotto, wave and al dente, adding vegetable broth when necessary: must remember that the risotto "Pull" and you need to add more broth only when the previous one has been absorbed by the rice.

When the risotto is ready, stir in butter and grated Parmesan. Taste to adjust salt if necessary. Serving Champagne risotto garnishing the plate with the reduction of pomegranate, a few grains of pomegranate, some toasted pistachio and some fresh ground black pepper. Bon appétit!

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Francesca 18 December 2018 - 21:39

A beautiful and festive recipe. Thanks.

Ada Parisi 19 December 2018 - 13:05

thank you Francesca, and happy holidays!

elisabetta corbetta 18 December 2018 - 10:28

I love champagne and pomegranate also beautiful decoration.
A big kiss

Ada Parisi 19 December 2018 - 13:06

Thanks! Is’ very simple, but often the simple things are also good! Happy Holidays!


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