SMOKED OYSTERS

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bottled clam juice (such as Bar Harbor)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ½ cup cubed (1/8-inch pieces) carrot
  • ½ cup cubed (1/8-inch pieces) celery
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked Arborio rice
  • Pinch of best-quality saffron threads (such as Diaspora Co.)
  • ½ cup (4 ounce) dry white wine
  • 1 pound cooked lobster meat (such as Luke’s Lobster) (about 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • Sliced fresh chives, for garnish

Directions

1) Cook clam juice and 3 cups water in a medium saucepan over medium-low, undisturbed, until steaming, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, and keep warm.

2) Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high. Add onion, carrot, and celery; cook, stirring often, until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add rice and saffron; cook, stirring constantly, until rice is toasted, about 1 minute. Add wine; cook, stirring often, until almost absorbed, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium.

3) Add 1 cup hot clam juice mixture to rice mixture; cook, stirring often, until almost absorbed, 2 to 3 minutes. Continue adding clam juice mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until clam juice mixture is almost absorbed after each addition, until rice is al dente and mixture is creamy, 15 to 20 minutes.

4) Remove rice mixture from heat; gently stir in lobster, salt, and pepper. Gradually stir in Parmesan. Stir in additional clam juice mixture, a splash at a time, to loosen risotto, if needed. Discard remaining clam juice mixture. Divide risotto evenly among 4 bowls; garnish with chives.