Preview 'Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays'


In this intimate, hour-long documentary special, Lidia celebrates her native Italian holiday traditions, along with the traditions of six celebrity guests. Combining the best of the old and the new, celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich shares her culinary customs with the diverse and varied special dishes of her invited dinner companions. The six guests include Christopher Walken, Rita Moreno, Carlo Ponti, Jr., Ann Curry, Marcus Samuelsson and Padma Lakshmi.

Watch Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 18 at 10:30 pm and Saturday, December 26 at 11 am.

Enjoy this recipes from Lidia

Mushroom Risotto from Lidia Bastianich

Creamy Rice with “Piglet” Mushrooms

Risotto con Porcini

Yield: 4 servings

This is one of my daughter, Tanya’s, favorite dishes and was one of mine when I was even younger than she is now. In those days, it was prepared when everyone in the family was at home at the same time, because risotto must be served the moment it’s ready and can’t be held for latecomers. Any meaty mushrooms may be substituted for porcini.

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup minced onion

2 tablespoons minced shallots

12 ounces fresh porcini mushrooms, sliced

2 cups Arborio rice

½ cup dry white wine

6 ½ cups hot chicken or veal stock

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons butter, cut into bits

½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano

Freshly ground pepper to taste

In a medium casserole, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and shallots until golden. Add the mushrooms and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat it with oil. Add the wine, stir well, and add ½ cup of the hot chicken stock and the salt. Cook, stirring constantly,until all the liquid has been absorbed. Continue to add hot stock in small batches (just enough to completely moisten the rice) and cook until each successive batch has been absorbed, stirring constantly, until the rice mixture is creamy and al dente. Remove from the heat, beat in the butter and cheese, season with pepper to taste, and serve immediately. From La Cucina Di Lidia p. 114


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