farrotto

RisottoWe're cooking in some very familiar territory during Wednesday night's broadcast of Great Taste live from Hy-Vee.  Comfort food and Italian cuisine always are at the top of my list of food favorites, so the menu includes two different dishes, both using the same cooking technique.  The specific geographical home for these specialties is Northern and a bit of Central Italy, where classic risotto (cooked rice), and farrotto (cooked farro) dishes are found.

Risotti are made primarily with the arborio, vialone nano, or carnaroli varieties of rice.  Farrotti feature the  small, brown, unhybridized grain, sometimes known as emmer, which is a progenitor of the modern wheat family.