Monday, 8 October 2012

Garden Odds and Ends Risotto

I made a whole lot of chicken stock over the weekend and most of it got frozen but there was still some in the fridge.  So rather than freeze it I decided risotto would be a good option.  I was going to make my favourite fennel and pea risotto but a I had used up most of the fennel last weekend.  All I had left was fennel re-shoots.  I have not grown fennel before so I had no idea that if I just cut the fennel bulbs off at the base, leaving the root in the ground, that they would re-shoot.   Any way lucky they did because I managed to find a few small bulbs to add to the risotto.
Fennel re-shoots, a bit small for tonight's dinner
I also managed to find a few small leeks that had been left to develop  but had not come to much, so they went into the risotto too.
Anyway here is my recipe for my fennel and pea risotto.  Risotto needs constant attention so you need to have all the elements ready to go.  You can expect to be at the stove for 30 minutes and you .  Serves 4.

2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 Tbs Butter
1 Brown Onion finely diced
1 large or 6 small fennel bulbs finely diced
250 gm Arborio Rice
1/2 Cup White Wine
5 Cups of Chicken Stock simmering
1 Cup Frozen Peas
1/4 Cup Parmesan or Pecorino if you prefer a milder flavour

Put your stock on and bring to simmer.  While this is happening heat your oil and butter in a large heavy based pan.  Add your fennel and onion (or the odds and ends you might have) plus a pinch of salt and cook with out browning on a medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent.  Add the rice and cook for 2 minutes stirring continuously.  Add the wine and stir until fully absorbed.   You can then start adding the simmering stock one ladle full at a time.  Do not add the next ladle until the previous one if full absorbed.  When you have only one ladle left it is time to add the peas.  Once the last lot of stock is absorbed remove from the stove and stir in the cheese and 1 tbs butter.

Have you ever had fennel re-shoot?
What is you favourite risotto?


  1. I love risotto, but haven't cooked it for a while as I have been trying to watch my waistline...your post has inspired my dinner plans!

    I can't abide any meat in risottos - the thought of a beautiful soft creamy risotto studded with big hunks of chicken or other bits makes me feel yuk. Our favourite is mushroom risotto, and I find it great to use up all of the less than perfect mushrooms. Another is beetroot and feta, or pumpkin....mmmm...I think it might be a pumpkin risotto night tonight :-)

    I like your recipe, thanks for sharing.

  2. I've always been a little scared of risotto...all that stirring and such lol! I do like the sound of your recipe though...thanks for sharing Fiona!

  3. At the moment we don't have anything growing (if you don't count the pumpkins in the compost heap that is) and we are just about to build 3 polytunnels to extend our growing season here in Tasmania. It still isn't safe to plant tomatoes out yet as the last frosts are still hanging about and there is low snow predicted on the mountains and it certainly doesn't FEEL like spring this morning! Risotto is a great fall back recipe and despite not having any vege of our own (at the moment) I will certainly be making risotto this week as it rains and we study. Cheers for a great reminder that often the most simple dishes are the most delicious and satisfying :)


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