Step 1: Toast rice and spices
In a large, straight-sided skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add Arborio rice, Freeze Dried Shallots, Minced Garlic, Spanish Coupe Saffron, and Premium French Thyme. Stir to coat rice and spices in butter and toast for 1 min. or until fragrant and edges of rice appear translucent. Add white wine and stir until mostly evaporated. Add 3 cups hot water and stir to combine.
Step 2: Simmer and stir
Bring rice to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer and stir occasionally for 10 to 12 min. or until the liquid has mostly evaporated and drawing a wooden spoon through the rice leaves a distinct trail that does not fill in for several seconds. Add Saffron Salt and another 1 cup hot water. Simmer and stir consistently until liquid has mostly evaporated once again. Repeat process with remaining broth until rice is tender with a slight chew and the mixture is flowing thickly. You may not need all of the broth.
Step 3: Finish
Stir Parmesan, créme fraîche, and roasted butternut squash into risotto, garnish with chives, and serve immediately. If risotto thickens, add 1 Tbsp. hot water at a time until flowing.