Risotto (Rizoto)

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Ingredients: 1.5 cups rice, cooked chicken, marjoram, ground black pepper, onion, salt, oil
Prep Time: 30 minutes

Risotto (rizoto) is another Italian dish like spaghetti carbonara that is tremendously popular in Slovakia. This dish is best prepared with cooked meat, so it’s best made after making soup. We used the chicken used in preparing the chicken noodle soup. But other types of meat work as well. And if you don’t have cooked meat to begin with, simply start off by browning fresh meat with the onions, and then cooking it along with the rice. Follow the easy recipe below to make risotto at home.

brown onion washing rice
Dice two small onions (cibuľa) and cook on oil until the onion starts getting brown. In the mean time, wash about 1.5 cups of rice (ryža).

add the rice add water
Add the rice and fry for about a minute. Then add about twice the amount (3 cups) of water (voda). This ratio may vary depending on the rice you use, so check your bag for the correct rice-to-water ratio.

add marjoram add black pepper
Add about tablespoon of marjoram (majorán) and the same amount of ground black pepper (mleté čierne korenie).

add salt
Also add salt (soľ). Cook covered until most of the water is absorbed and the rice is done.

cut the meat mix into rice
In the mean time, take the cooked chicken (kura), and cut it into pieces some half-inch thick. Mix into the rice, and cook covered for about 5 more minutes.

slovak risotto with pickles and sweet peppers
Scoop out onto a plate and enjoy. To prevent the rice from sticking to the ladle, grease the ladle lightly with oil or water. Sometimes this dish is also served with baked or mashed potatoes.