Pressure Cooker Recipe: Insalata di Riso – Italian Rice Salad
Simple, refreshing and wholly Italian, salad should be an addition to summer repertoire. It is called a salad, but it is often served as a meal in a plate – with nothing other than some chilled fruit for dessert.
Particulars of Italian Rice
When Italians are not making Risotto, they treat their rice like pasta. They immerse it in tons of water with salt, boil it and strain it. Unlike many Asian and Indian rice varieties, Italian rice is never rinsed or soaked before use. The rice is sold in vacuum-packed bricks which stops the grains from rubbing against each other during transport (breaking and scraping the kernels). This unique packaging also keeps the grains “fresh” and ensure no debris or insect enter the bag after the rice has been cleaned, aged and dried under the most controlled and hygienic conditions.
Substitutions or Left-overs
Like many Italian dishes, this salad is incredibly flexible. You can substitute the Ham with sliced Wurstel (Hot Dog), Tuna Fish or Salami. The Capers can be substituted with pickles or jarred artichokes (to keep the vinegary note). Feel free to add peas, celery, cucumbers… the variety is endless and is only limited by what you have growing in your garden, or hiding in your fridge. Or ca be incredibly simple, with just the addition of tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil.
|Insalata di Riso – Italian Rice Salad (Pressure Cooker)
For the Rice:
2 Fresh Tomatoes, chopped
In the pressure cooker add the rice, water, salt and olive oil.
Prepare the sink with a fine-mesh or rice strainer.
Close and lock the lid. Turn the heat up high and when the pan reaches pressure, lower the heat and count 5 minutes cooking time at HIGH pressure. When time is up, carefully bring your pressure cooker to the sink and open it with the cold-water quick release method – run water over the top being careful not to cover or wet any of the valves. For electric pressure cookers, release pressure using the Normal method – release vapor through the valve.
Immediately pour out the rice into the strainer in the sink and run cold water on it to stop it from cooking and to rinse away any starch.
In a mixing bowl mix the rice with the rest of the chopped ingredients. Serve at room temperature or chilled.