Made only in Greece, Graviera is a hard sheeps-milk cheese that becomes creamy when cooked. Its subtle sweetness and luxurious texture make this risotto stand out, but you can substitute Parmesan in a pinch.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat.

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  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until translucent, 5 to 6 minutes. Add rice, and stir to coat with oil. Add wine, and cook, stirring frequently, until wine has been completely absorbed, about 2 minutes.

  • Add 1/2 cup of the hot stock, and cook, stirring constantly, until the stock has been completely absorbed and a wooden spoon drawn through rice leaves a trail. Continue stirring and adding stock, 1/2 cup at a time, waiting for each addition to be absorbed before adding the next, until you've added all but 1/4 cup of the stock. Rice will be just cooked through and still slightly firm in the center. (It should take 20 to 25 minutes.)

  • Stir in the peas, and cook until they are warmed through and risotto is creamy, about 5 minutes.

  • Remove from heat. Stir in cheese, parsley, dill, oregano, lemon zest and juice, butter, and remaining 1/4 cup stock. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with cheese, and garnish with dill sprigs.

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