Thursday, 25 September 2014

Recipe - Butternut Pumpkin Risotto with Scallop

This is my very own Risotto recipe that I have created, drawing inspiration from Pontini's Chef, Daniele Sarno and youtube videos. This risotto is a little lighter in taste and the refreshing taste of pumpkin and fresh scallops maket this a perfect summer dish. I have contributed this recipe to Gourmet Living dining publication early this year.

· 2 to 3 cups of chicken broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option)

· 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

· 1 small onion, finely chopped

· 1 1/4cup butternut squash purée

· Scallops (according to preference)

· 1 cup arborio rice (Italian short-grained rice)

· 1/4 cup of Sauvignon Blanc white wine

· 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese

· 1 tablespoon of chives

1. Heat broth in medium size saucepan and keep warm over low heat.

2. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan; add onion and butternut squash.

3. Cook over medium heat until onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Add rice to onion and squash. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the wine. Stir constantly until wine has been absorbed by the rice or evaporated. Add a few ladles of broth. Cook over medium heat until broth has been absorbed. Continue stirring the rice, adding a little bit of broth at a time, until it is absorbed. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes until rice is tender but still firm.

5. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the remaining tablespoon of butter (skip this if you are on a diet), 1 quarter cup of grated Parmesan cheese and chives. The rice should have a creamy texture and consistency.

6. In another pan, saute the scallops till cooked. Add to the risotto.

7. Top with a teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese

8. Dish is ready to be served.

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