Sunday, 27 February 2011
Creamy courgette, leek and lemon risotto
I came up with this risotto after a trip to Carluccio's where I ate their delicious Penne Giardiniera with grated courgette, chilli and deep-fried spinach balls. Very, very tasty and highly recommended!
Although I generally think of risotto as a rather summery dish - and this one in particular with it's light lemony zing - it also has a creaminess that works as comfort food. And while there's still a nip in the morning air I need a bit of that.
200g arborio rice
300g grated courgette
the grated rind of a lemon
1 litre of vegetable stock
1 small leek, very finely diced
50g butter and a tsp of vegetable oil
half a glass of white wine
40g grated parmesan
2 tbsp cream cheese or mascarpone
a dozen finely chopped chives
1) Melt a tablespoon of the butter in a frying pan and cook the courgette for a few minutes until soft, then set aside.
2) Heat the remaining butter and the oil in a large saucepan and gently fry the leek till soft and translucent. Add the rice and lemon rind and fry for a couple of minutes more. Add the wine and allow to reduce.
3) Keep the stock on a gentle simmer on an adjacent hob on your stove, then add it to the rice a ladle at a time, stirring often until all the liquid has been absorbed. Then add another ladle, and so on, and so on. When the rice is soft but still has a little resistance in the centre, add the cream cheese, chives, parmesan and courgette and serve.