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If you like risotto, but are short on time

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Risotto, so prized for its creamy, flavorful grains of rice, is not the dish for quick weeknight meals. It requires a slow simmer and a hovering hand on a Sunday afternoon. But if you have a taste for such a dish and it's only Tuesday, substitute with a pilaflike mixture that comes close to the Italian classic.

Pilaf is normally made with long-grain or basmati rice. Here, we've substituted with short-grain rice to mimic the look of risotto. After a quick saute so the grains absorb the butter-shallot flavors, we add wine and chicken broth and cover the dish to cook until tender.

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