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Mary Gwynn's squash & chorizo risotto with pine nut crisp
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Serves: 3 - 4
60g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated
1 tbsp pine nuts
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
60g Cooks’ Ingredients Diced Chorizo
500g coquina squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
250g risotto rice
75ml dry white wine
1 litre chicken stock, simmering
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet with a piece of baking parchment. Scatter half the grated cheese onto the sheet to a thickness of about 1cm, and add the pine nuts, without pressing down. Bake for 7-8 minutes until melted and golden. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
2 Meanwhile, put the oil, onion and chorizo in a medium pan. Cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add the squash, and cook for a 12-15 minutes until tender and golden. Stir in the sage and rice, and cook for 1 minute to coat in the pan juices, then pour in the white wine.
3 Gradually add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring throughout until the rice absorbs each amount before adding more. Continue to stir until all the stock is all absorbed. This will take 20-25 minutes, by which time you should have a creamy risotto with the rice just tender, but not mushy.
4 Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining cheese, butter and seasoning, to taste. Leave the pan to stand with the lid on for 5 minutes. Serve on warmed plates with the cheese crisp broken into pieces on top.
Chill any leftover risotto, then roll into balls and coat in egg and breadcrumbs. Fry in oil for a snack or tapa.
Typical values per serving:
Per serving for 4
This recipe was first published in October 2017.