In Italy rice is a serious matter. In the regions between Milan and Venice, was born one of the most classic Italian dishes, the” risotto”. The rice is cooked slowly into vegetable or meat broth, then mixed with butter, cheese and other ingredients, depending on the recipe. Today I recommend you a “risotto”cooked into milk, with Provolone cheese and walnuts. It is one of my favorite rice recipes and perhaps the first risotto that I remember to have eaten! Pay attention about the compactness of the rice when the “risotto” is ready , which must be creamy without being watery.
The idea for this risotto came to me a few years ago when I was still living in Bologna. I wanted to combine the classic tradition of risotto with something different, using both meat and fish (which in Italy is not very common). The result was excellent: every time I prepare it, it is a success, both with Italians and friends from other countries. Crispy bacon goes well with the softness of the salmon and the sweetness of the pepper; saffron completes the whole and allows the risotto to become creamy.