Risotto Primavera, Goats Cheese

Risotto Primavera, Goats Cheese

A take on the classic risotto Primavera served with deliciously addictive goats cheese bonbons!

This risotto Primavera is very light yet maintains impressive depth of flavour with a big hit of fresh lemon.

Risotto Primavera, Goats Cheese Bonbons
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Risotto: 4tbsp Unsalted Butter, 2 Shallots (Chopped), 5 Leeks (Finely Chopped), 1 Celery Stick (Finely Chopped), 125ml Dry White Wine, 350g Risotto Rice, 2l Vegetable Stock, 100g Frozen Peas, 2 Large Handfuls Spinach, Zest and Juice 1 Lemon, 100g Parmesan (Grated), Large Handful Parsley (Chopped), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

For the Bonbons: 100g Soft Goats Cheese, 75g Hard Mozzarella (Grated), 25g Parmesan (Grated), 1tsp Grated Nutmeg, Breadcrumbs (Gluten Free if required), 1 Egg (Beaten), Vegetable Oil

Method:

1) Prepare the bonbons by combining all of the ingredients (except the breadcrumbs) in a small bowl and mixing well. Form into small balls and store in the fridge until ready to fry.

2) To make the risotto, place a large casserole dish over a medium heat and melt 2tbsp of the butter. Sweat the shallot, leek and celery for 5 minutes. Add the wine and allow to reduce by half. Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes coating well with the butter. Place the stock in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.

3) Gradually add the stock to the rice, allowing to absorb before adding the next amount, whilst stirring continuously. Continue until the rice is tender (around 25 minutes) – you may need more stock. Once the rice is cooked, add the remaining butter, parmesan, lemon juice and zest, parsley, spinach and peas and season well with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Cover and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.

4) Meanwhile, heat a deep-fryer or pan of oil to 190c. Roll the cheese bonbons in the egg and then coat in the breadcrumbs. Deep fry for 20 seconds until just browned before removing and draining.

5) Uncover the risotto and beat well with a large wooden spoon. Serve with the cheese bonbons and a good crack of black pepper.

Enjoy!

STILTON GALETTE

 

 

 

 

My mother presented this dish to me tonight and I couldn’t get enough! So much so I thought I would share it with you. It is surprisingly light and as stilton and pear is a classic combination this will surely be a winner with any guests. I was served the galette as a starter; however, it would make a great side dish or main meal for two. I think I will try making a bigger one and serve it in the middle of the table for all to tuck in!

This recipe would work equally well with any type of medium/strong cheese or whatever you have in the fridge. Strong mature cheddar and some caramalised white onions would be delicious. You can make the galette a day ahead and keep it covered in the fridge – great for a dinner party.

(Please ignore the ‘caramalised’ edges – I trimmed them off!)

Stilton Galette

(Serves 4 as a starter)

Ingredients:

5 Medium Waxy Potatoes (peeled and soaked in water to remove starch)

1 1/2 Firm Pears (peeled and cubed small)

150g Blue Stilton (or other strong cheese)

Cracked Black Pepper

Olive Oil

Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Thinly slice the peeled potatoes (much easier if you use a mandolin or the slicer attachment on your food processor).

Step 2: Line a baking tray with silicon paper or use silicon baking mats. Overlap the sliced potato to create 4 rectangles. Sprinkle the cubed pear on to the potatoes. Crumble the stilton over the potatoes ensuring you keep it to the centre to stop it from ‘spilling’ out.

Step 3: Brush the edges of the potatoes with a little olive oil to help them crisp. Season the galettes with cracked black pepper.

Step 4: Place the galettes in the pre-heated oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and the potatoes are cooked.

Great served with a small salad dressed with olive oil and lemon and some sliced pear.

Enjoy!