Monday, August 02, 2010

LEMON THYME, PROSCIUTTO, PECORINO AND GOAT'S CHEESE RISOTTO


I can eat a bowl of risotto at any time of the year. It's quick, easy, filling and doesn't cost a lot of money. If I can't think what to cook or am pushed for time, these days it seems risotto is top of the list.

We seem to be having some summer weather this year and I am trying not to have the oven on for any longer than possible, because of all the heat it throws out into my kitchen. This year the majority of my cooking has been done either on the hob or outdoors on the barbecue.

Once you have mastered the base recipe for risotto, the possibilities for adding ingredients are endless, almost anything goes. As long as you keep your stock simmering on the hob whilst you are making the risotto and stir, stir, stir, to achieve a creamy rice - you can't go far wrong! Making this recipe was a good excuse to give my new pan a test run and it made the risotto perfectly.

Here is a useful link to the BBC GoodFood website showing how to make risotto.

The adapted recipe is from Jamie Oliver - The Return of the Naked Chef.

Serves: 2

You will need:

25g butter, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 crushed clove garlic, 150g risotto rice, glass white wine, 750ml simmering vegetable stock.
A handful of lemon thyme leaves plus some extra for decoration, 50g grated pecorino cheese, 75g crumbled soft goat's cheese, a few slices of prosciutto

1. Heat the butter in a wide shallow pan and cook the onion and garlic until softened. add the risotto rice and stir until coated.
2. Pour in the wine and bubble until it's all absorbed. Add the lemon thyme leaves. Gradually add the hot vegetable stock, stirring until the rice is tender but still has a little bite. Add the grated pecorino cheese.
3. Lay the prosciutto over the risotto, crumble over the goat's cheese and scatter over lemon thyme leaves.


12 comments :

Juliana said...

Margaret, what a beautiful and tasty risotto...I just had lunch but would not hesitate in having your risotto :-)

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

I also love a good risotto... no excuse needed!

Jan said...

That risotto of yours looks GOOD! I could eat that right now!

Lucie said...

Wonderful Margaret, this looks so tasty. Lucie x

Helen said...

That sounds lovely!

pigpigscorner said...

So beautiful! I can eat risotto anytime!

Gloria said...

Margaret really loe Jamie Oliver and his recipe, he is so sweet I think and smart!! I love this recipe, look really tasty! x gloria

Maria♥ said...

I adore goats cheese and this risotto sounds and looks amazing!

Maria
x

The Caked Crusader said...

I love risotto but have never made one. If I did, it would DEFINITELY have goats cheese - yum!

Kath said...

That looks very creamy and delicious.

Hazel said...

Wow! Every ingredient in this risotto makes me salivate. Sounds like a super delcious combo! I never cook risotto and I'm not sure why - the fact you have said how quick and easy it is to make them makes me very keen to enter this world you risottos you speak of...

Sophie said...

I so much love a good home made risotto but this one is a special & festive one!! Waw!!

The whole dish comes alive & looks so amazing creamy with that goat's cheese,...mmmmmmmm!!!

Greetings from Brussels!

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