Parmesan cheese is usually sprinkled on top of risotto.
Meat risotto is a type of rice dish prepared with some variety of meat along with beef broth. Risotto is made with a starchy rice called aborio, widely used in Italian dishes. The dish cooks slowly over low heat to create a creamy rice consistency. Ground beef, minced meat or sliced meat can be used in beef risotto. Other ingredients can also be added, such as mushrooms or onions. It can be used as a main dish or as an accompaniment to other meat.
Chopped celery is a common ingredient in beef risotto.
Ground beef combined with some fresh vegetables such as carrots and celery chopped into small pieces can be used in a beef risotto dish to make an inexpensive and satisfying main course. Sliced sirloin of beef can be browned and paired with sliced bud or portobello mushrooms and a splash of red wine to create a sophisticated dish that would be impressive enough for a company or holiday meal. Minced meat can be browned in olive oil with peppers, onions and celery. Aborio rice and meat can be added for a tasty side dish.
Risotto is usually prepared with short barrel-shaped aborio rice, which is constantly stirred during cooking until it forms a creamy rice. This type of rice should still retain a slight bite, although the dish has a soft consistency. Sometimes a small amount of light or heavy cream is added to the rice at the end of the cooking time to increase the creaminess. A dash of Parmesan cheese adds a salty, nutty flavor to the meat risotto dish.
Aborio rice is a large rice with liquid absorption capacity, which makes it perfect for this dish. As the rice cooks, it absorbs the broth. The cook continues to add more hot broth while the rice is constantly stirred. Carnaroli is another type of rice that can be used to make risotto, but carnaroli absorbs more liquid, so extra broth should be kept on hand. Constant stirring releases the starch, which gives meat risotto its flavor and creamy texture.