I did a bit of creating. I had bit of butternut squash left over from dinner on Sunday so while I baked Brownies for a Birthday Brownie stack (need to share that recipe too – they were banana brownies which just don’t quite sound so indulgent and bad for you, almost virtuous!!) I roasted the squash. I had bought some ready chopped curly kale for another recipe and then discovered that these two ingredients make a risotto combination to die for.
I sauteed 2 celery stalks and 1 leek. When these were softened a little I then added 2 crushed garlic cloves and 100g (approx) of curly kale and the roasted butternut squash (about half the long bit of the squash chopped). Then I added the uncooked risotto rice, enough for 2 people – I didn’t weigh it so I’d say approx 125g but it is really yummy warmed up the next day so if you are heavy handed then don’t worry. I know I am supposed to add hot stock ladle by ladle stirring all the time but I opted for a more paella approach to risotto making. I poured in sufficient stock in one go, probably 700mls (cooking in my kitchen is not precise science!!) and brought it to the boil. I then turn down the heat and put a lid on my saute pan, allowing it to simmer. I do give an occasional stir (traditional paella requires no stirring as you are supposed to get a bit of a crust on the bottom of the pan – so I have read anyway, the Spanish among you can correct me). When thel the rice was cooked, I then added grated mature cheddar cheese (you could add blue cheese, goat’s cheese or Parmesan – whatever you have or think would work). This gave a bit of a gooey texture which I love in risotto – it was just a small lump approx 75g perhaps, the stronger the flavour the cheese, the less you need to add.
I wish I had taken a photo but I only thought that after we had eaten it and agreed that this was a recipe to be written down and made again. The photo would have been a couple of bowls scraped clean! The dark green of the kale and the orange of the squash made it a colourful risotto – as pleasant to the eye as it was in the mouth!!
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