carolina rice-grit risotto
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Carolina Rice-Grit Risotto
Gwen Ashley Walters
August, 2013, Page 184
Photo by David Moore
Market Street Kitchen’s Southern-flecked summer menu is peppered with fish, fowl and meats – many of which are roasted over white oak – but Chef Matt Taylor also gives vegetarians plenty of dishes to ponder. Some require slight modifications, like ixnaying foie gras from sweet summer melons and dropping bacon bits from grilled asparagus, but one luscious entrée doesn’t require any alteration: Carolina Rice-Grit Risotto ($16).
Taylor sources heirloom Carolina Gold rice from Anson Mills, but he uses broken rice pieces called “rice grits” instead of whole grains. “When they harvest the rice – and they used to do this even prior to the Civil War – they separate the whole grains from the broken pieces, and the pieces make a super creamy risotto,” Taylor says.
This past spring, Taylor garnished the risotto with English peas, shaved carrots and asparagus, but the current rendition takes advantage of summer corn and peaches. Taylor roasts the corn in a wood-fired rotisserie and cuts the kernels off the cob, saving the golden nuggets for the garnish. The cobs go into a stockpot to make a corn broth for the risotto. He cooks onions in olive oil and butter and adds the rice grits, toasting them slightly before adding a splash of dry vermouth. The roasted corn broth is added little by little, coaxing out the natural creaminess of the grains. At the end, he stirs in a dollop of mascarpone, butter and crème fraîche before garnishing the risotto with roasted peaches, corn kernels and toasted bread crumbs. One piece of advice: Be prepared to fend off tablemates, vegetarian or otherwise.
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20825 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
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