Pea and Pancetta Risotto

Pea and Pancetta Risotto

A great summer recipe – fresh spring pea risotto with the rich smokiness of pancetta and a little basil to finish.

Pea and Pancetta Risotto

Serves 4

Ingredients:

300g Carnaroli Rice, 25ml Olive Oil, 300g Pancetta (Thinly Sliced and Diced), 3 Celery Stalks (Finely Diced), 2 Long Shallots (Finely Diced), 2 Garlic Cloves (Very Finely Sliced), 175ml Rosé Wine, 2 Litres Vegetable Stock, 200g Freshly Shelled Peas, 50g Parmesan (Finely Grated), 25g Unsalted Butter, 12 Basil Leaves (Finely Chopped), 8 Thin Pancetta Slices, Cracked Black Pepper

Method:

1) Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a large saucepan. Place a heavy based casserole pan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the pancetta to the pan and fry for around 8 minutes or until crisp. Add the celery, onion and garlic to the pan and sauté for 5 minutes until soft – stirring continuously. Meanwhile, crisp the pancetta slices under a hot grill and set aside.

2) Add the rice to the pan and coat well with the olive oil. Turn the heat up high and add the wine, simmering until almost entirely absorbed by the rice. Reduce the heat to low and add the stock, little by little (allowing the stock to be almost entirely absorbed by the rice before adding more) whist stirring until the rice is tender but has a little bite – this should take around 20-25 minutes. The risotto may not require all of the stock.

3) Remove the pan from the heat and add the peas, parmesan, butter and basil. Fold to combine, cover the pan with a heavy lid and allow to rest for 6 minutes. Once rested, beat the risotto a few times and season to taste with cracked black pepper.

4) Serve the risotto with a good crack of black pepper, a sprinkling of parmesan and the crisp pancetta slices.

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Cinnamon Pancakes, Bacon, Syrup

Cinnamon Pancakes, Bacon, Syrup

There is no greater way to start the weekend than with pancakes, smoked bacon and maple syrup!

Cinnamon scotch pancakes are served with crisp smoked pancetta and drizzle of good quality maple syrup.

Cinnamon Pancakes, Bacon, Maple Syrup
Serves 4

Ingredients:

200g Plan Flour, 300ml Semi-Skimmed Milk, 1tbsp Baking Powder, 1tbsp Light Brown Sugar, 1tsp Sea Salt, 1 Large Egg, 2tsp Ground Cinnamon, 8 Slices Smoked Pancetta, Good Quality Maple Syrup

Method:

1) Cook the pancetta under a very hot grill for 2 minutes each side or until crisp. Set aside.

2) Combine the flour, baking powder, sea salt, ground cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together the egg and milk in a separate bowl. Slowly add the milk and egg into the flour mixture whilst whisking – whisk until fully combined.

3) Place a large non-stick frying over a medium heat and add a little oil. Fry tablespoonfuls of the batter in the oil for around 2 minutes each side or until golden brown. Keep the cooked pancakes warm until you have exhausted the batter. You will need to add a little oil to the pan in between batches.

4) Serve the pancakes with the crisp pancetta and a good drizzle of maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Chicken, Cabbage and Black Pudding

Chicken, Cabbage and Black Pudding

A delicious dish of chicken supreme, creamed cabbage with smoked bacon and black pudding bonbons!

Perhaps one of the most moreish foods ever made, black pudding bonbons are to die for!

Crisp skinned chicken supreme pairs perfectly with creamed cabbage. The black pudding bonbons also make a great canapé!

Chicken, Cabbage and Black Pudding
Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Supremes (Skin On, Wing Bone In)
2 Garlic Cloves
2 1″ Slices of Black Pudding (Preferably Stornoway)
4tbsp Dried Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
1 Head Savoy Cabbage, Sliced
25g Unsalted Butter
50g Pancetta, Diced
4tbsp Single Cream
1tsp Grated Nutmeg
Cracked White Pepper
Sea Salt

Method:

1) Make the cabbage: Place a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the pancetta and cook for 5 minutes until crisp. Add the cabbage and stir until coated in the butter. Turn the heat down low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until tender. Add the cream and combine with the cabbage. Season to taste with salt, white pepper and grated nutmeg. Keep warm.

2) Meanwhile, cook the chicken. Place a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and add a splash of olive oil. Season the chicken supremes with cracked white pepper and sea salt. Fry the supremes skin side down for 10 minutes before flipping for a further 10 minutes or until cooked through – careful not to burn the skin. Allow to rest, covered, for 5 minutes.

3) To make the bonbons, preheat a fryer filled with sunflower oil to 190C. Cut the slices of black pudding into 8 equal pieces and roll into small balls. Coat the balls in beaten egg then breadcrumbs. Fry in the fryer for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Drain and keep warm.

4) Serve the chicken supreme with the creamed cabbage, black pudding bonbons and pan juices.

Enjoy!

Scallops with Rosemary and Lemon Salsa

Scallops with Rosemary and Lemon Salsa

I am having another scallop binge at the moment! This light and refreshing recipe works brilliantly on the BBQ – preparing everything in advance leaves you to get on with the grilling!

King scallops are wrapped in thin pancetta and threaded on rosemary skewers before being grilled over a high heat and served with a fresh and zingy lemon and cucumber salsa.

A fantastic starter which can easily be scaled up.

Scallops with Rosemary and Lemon Salsa
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Scallops: 12 King Scallops (Roe and Skirt Removed), 4 Large Rosemary Stalks, 6 Slices Thin Pancetta (Halved), Cracked White Pepper, Sea Salt, Olive Oil

For the Salsa: Juice and Segments of 2 Large Lemons, 1/4 Cucumber (Seeded and Finely Chopped), 3 Spring Onions (Finely Sliced), 1 Red Chilli (Seeds Removed and Diced), 2tsp Caster Sugar, 1tbsp Olive Oil, Sea Salt

Method:

1) Prepare the scallops by wrapping each in a half slice of pancetta. Skewer 3 scallops onto each rosemary stalk. Season each skewer with a little white pepper and sea salt and drizzle with olive oil. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to grill.

2) Prepare the salsa by combining all of the ingredients in a bowl – folding to combine. Season to taste with sea salt and a little extra lemon juice if required. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.

3) Grill the scallops over a high heat for around 1-2 minutes each side – aim to achieve a slight char without overcooking the scallops.

4) Remove the scallops from the rosemary stalks and serve with the lemon salsa and a few rosemary leaves.

Enjoy!

Mini Pancetta Dauphinoise

Mini Pancetta Dauphinoise

This take on the classic dauphinoise is the perfect accompaniment to game meats such as venison and duck. The addition of a little pancetta and caramelised onion makes for a heavenly combination and their smaller form factor means you can’t get too gluttonous!

This recipe can be scaled up to make a large dauphinoise, by following the quantities in my recipe for the perfect potato dauphinoise.

Mini Pancetta Dauphinoise

Mini Pancetta Dauphinoise
Makes 2

Ingredients:

1 Garlic Clove
10g Unsalted Butter
3 Medium Sized Maris Piper Potatoes (Peeled and Thinly Sliced)
1 Medium Onion (Peeled and Thinly Sliced)
50g Pancetta
100ml Double Cream
Black Pepper
Small Handful Chopped Parsley

Method:

1) Pre heat the oven to 180C. Sauté the pancetta and onions in a small saucepan in a little oil over a medium heat for 10 minutes until the onions begin to caramelise.

2) Meanwhile, rub the insides of two mini casserole pots with the garlic clove – discarding the clove when finished. Bring the cream to the boil in a small saucepan, once boiled set aside.

3) Layer the sliced potatoes and the onion and pancetta mixture in alternate layers until the dish is almost full – around 4 or 5 layers in total. Place half of the butter on top of each dish. Divide the double cream between the two dishes – pouring carefully over the potatoes.

4) Transfer to the oven and cook for around 30 minutes – until the top is golden and the potatoes are cooked. Finish with a little chopped parsley and cracked black pepper before serving.

Enjoy!

Chestnut Tagliatelle

Chestnut Tagliatelle

 

Searching for a quick, comforting pasta recipe to cheer up these gloomy nights, my mind cast back to a recipe published in Gourmet Magazine a few years ago. Despite having since lost the recipe, I have racked my brains and identified the constituent ingredients.

This pasta dish is beautifully rich yet not heavy. Chestnuts are in abundance at this time of the year and pair perfectly with the crispy pancetta and sage. I guarantee everyone will love this quick dish.

Using a little of the pasta water in the sauce ensures it does not dry out – but be liberal as most will be absorbed by the pasta by the time it reaches the table!

Chestnut Tagliatelle
Serves 2

Ingredients:
300g Fresh Tagliatelle
75g Cooked, Peeled and Crumbled Chestnuts
75g Diced Pancetta
Small Handful Chopped Sage
1 Small Onion Diced
Small Handful Chopped Parsley
1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
Small Handful Grated Parmesan
Juice 1/2 Lemon
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
1/2 – 1 Cup Reserved Pasta Cooking Water

Method:
1) Sauté the pancetta and onion in a large pan over a medium heat.
2) Meanwhile cook the pasta.
3) Whilst the pasta is cooking, finish the sauce. Combine the pancetta and onions with the sage, chestnuts, butter and lemon juice. Add the reserved pasta water. Keep warm over a low heat.
4) Once the pasta has cooked, drain and add to the pancetta mixture. Toss through with the parsley, parmesan and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Add a little extra pasta water if required.

Enjoy!