Freezing Winter nights....

Ready for some hearty warming food to banish the winter blues? You gotta try this recipe out as its perfect for those freezing winter nights when the rain is horizontal and the wind is doing its best to take your roof off. 

Recently I managed to score a few pumpkins from my my long time friend Farmer Hamilton, and cooked them in a risotto with the addition of some vermouth and marscapone. Sigh - it was a match made in heaven, and the vermouth gave the dish a lot more depth and flavour. Also have to admit there was a bit of a standoff in the kitchen as to who got the last serving. Give it a go - you won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

Recipe by Lisa Featherby

60 gm butter, coarsely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
700 gm butternut or small gem pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces
1.25 litres (5 c) chicken or vegetable stock
6 golden shallots, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
200 gm (1 c) vialone nano rice
160 ml dry vermouth
60 gm (1/4 c) mascarpone, plus extra to serve
25 gm (1/3 c) finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve 

Heat half the butter and half the olive oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add pumpkin and stir occasionally until pumpkin begins to caramelise (8-10 minutes), then remove from pan. Add chicken stock to pan, scrape base of pan with a wooden spoon and bring to the boil, then transfer to a jug and keep warm. Wipe saucepan clean.

Add remaining butter and oil to saucepan with shallot and garlic and stir frequently over medium heat until shallot is tender (5-10 minutes). Add rice and stir for 1 minute to coat, then add vermouth and cook until absorbed (2-3 minutes). Add pumpkin with 250ml stock and stir frequently until stock is absorbed (3-5 minutes), then add remaining stock 250ml at a time, stirring until stock is absorbed before adding more. 

Cook until rice is al dente and pumpkin has broken down and coloured the risotto (20-25 minutes). Stir through mascarpone and parmesan, season to taste, serve immediately with extra parmesan.

Serves 4


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