Hartford House

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Pea Risotto Recipe

Pea Risotto Photo : Jackie Cameron

Pea Risotto
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Pea Risotto

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

A risotto must always be straight forward. If enhanced, it loses its Italian roots. Served with a sizeable helping of smoked salmon or piece of fresh Norwegian salmon or line fish brings a summery touch to a hearty dish.

Yields : 4 portions

Ingredients :

Extras :

220g abouts Salmon Rosette (on average 55gr per person)

Pea shoots or any herb garnish

Olive Oil, drizzle

Black Pepper

Vegetable Stock :

2 (300gr) Onions, peeled, cut in ¼

3 (12gr) Garlic Cloves

2 (367gr) Carrots, peeled, cut roughly

2 (92gr) Leeks cut into chunks

¼ (160gr) Celery, cut into chunks

2 Bay Leaves

1sprig Fresh Thyme

10 Whole Black Peppercorns

2L Water

Method :

1) Bring to the boil, turn down and allow simmering for 20minutes

2) Strain and discard solids, place the liquid back into the pot on the heat

Pea Puree :

250gr Frozen Peas

Method :

1) Blanch the peas in boiling water, until just soft

2) Strain, blend, add 62.5ml water and blend very well. Strain through a sieve again and set aside

Risotto :

35gr salted Butter

30ml sunflower Oil

160gr Onion, chopped

2 (8gr) Garlic, crushed

160gr Risotto Rice

250ml White Wine

Vegetable Stock

Pea Puree

Method :

1) Before you start making the risotto make sure vegetable stock is on the heat

2) In a heavy based pot place the butter and oil amount

3) When melted and slightly browned, add the onions and garlic. Cook until translucent in colour

4) Add the risotto; make sure all the granules are covered with a layer of oil

5) Add the white wine, stirring all the time till the liquid is reduced

6) Add the vegetable stock small ladle by ladle at a time, stirring continuously, till risotto is cooked. Lovely and creamy with a slight bite to it-al-dente.

7) Finish with pea puree, season very well and serve with extras

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713