Next weekend I'm making a rather extensive meal for my girlfriend and I instead of taking her out to eat at a nice restaurant like I usually do. This will be the first time I really will have cooked for her, and so I'd like to make everything as perfect as possible.
I'm running through a 5-course meal and have all the cooking times between plates to a bare minimum so that we can really go at the pace we want. It will be kind of awkward cooking it myself and serving it in courses, but so long as it's good...
Anyway, third course is a lobster risotto. I've cooked risotto a couple of times before, but each time it takes about a half hour to complete. I was wondering if there's some way I can speed this up (a lot). It's kind of the only thing I'm stuck on... everything else I have to spend very little (couple minutes) in the kitchen for.
If it can't really reliably be sped up, do you have any other suggestions instead of a risotto? Here's what I plan on doing...
(1) Caesar Salad, Homemade Dressing
(2) Poppy Seed Crusted Tuna, Pan-Seared, Served chilled over fresh homemade pasta with an olive oil, garlic, and oregano
(3) Lobster Risotto
(4) Filet Mignon, Cabernet Reduction, Sauteed Mushrooms
(5) Chocolate Souffle, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Diced Fruit
Thank you, ladies and gents. :)