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Creamy Risotto with Prawns


Reuben paired his dish (above) with one of the following Chamonx wines:
Pinot noir Resrve 2007
Chardonnay Reserve 2012

Creamy Risotto with Prawns
Creamy Risotto with Prawns
Creamy Risotto with Prawns
Creamy Risotto with Prawns

Classic Risotto

Cooking Method

Start with the chicken stock

In a large saucepan,
bring the chicken stock to a simmer.
Add the prawn shells and heads,
Garlic clove
and simmer for 20 min.

Reuben always recommends using homemade stock; it has the best flavour and viscosity for the risotto.

After 20 minutes,
Remove the stock from the heat
And strain,
Now, place back into a saucepan,
and keep warm over low heat..

The stock must be hot when you add it to the rice, otherwise you’ll end up with a hard outer but soft inside grain.

Now for our Red pepper sauce

Place the red peppers,
And water
In a food processor until well blended
When done,
Remove, and strain.
Place the liquid into a small pan,
and reduce by half
This takes roughly 10 minutes

By reducing the liquid you really intensify the flavours in the sauce.

When reduced,
add the butter
and stir to melt.
The butter must be well incorporated into the reduction and emulsify the sauce to give a lovely gloss.
Set it aside when done.

This delicious sauce adds great colour and balances the risotto perfectly with a hint of heat.
Now for the risotto

Using a slightly deep saucepan,
heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Now, Toss in the onions and garlic
and sauté quickly until golden and fragrant. This should take about 3-5 minutes
Add the rice
and stir to coat each rice grain evenly with the oil.
Add the Pernot

Using a wooden spoon is the best tool for the job.

The rice will give off a toasty aroma
and change from pure white to almost opaque
add the white wine
and stir as the rice absorbs the liquid. Reduce your heat to low.

Watch that your temperature is not too high nor too low. Too high a temperature will make the absorption too quick and if the temperature is too low will make the risotto to hard. Maintain the temperature to a gentle simmer.

Start adding the hot stock,
ONE LADLE SPOON at a time,
whilst continuing to stir.
As the rice absorbs the liquid,
and starts to look a little dry,
add another ladle spoon of stock
and continue to stir.

This is a very important step when making risotto. You want to stir constantly so the starches on the outside of the grains of the rice agitate one another.

Continue to add stock at intervals,
stirring frequently,
after each addition.

If you add too much liquid while doing this process there will be too much space between the grains of rice and you will not get a creamy texture.

When the rice starts to look near cooked,
Add the deshelled prawns.

Adding the prawns near to the end of the cooking process, ensures that they are not overcooked and adding them raw imparts more flavour into the risotto

The whole cooking process should take roughly 45 minutes.
Once cooked,
turn off the heat.
You know your risotto is cooked,
when the grains are soft with a slight bite to the centre.
With the pot off the heat,
add in the grated Parmesan,
fresh herbs
and gently stir into your risotto.

It is important that the risotto is off the heat when you add the cheese and the butter. There should be enough liquid in the risotto to melt the cheese and butter, and emulsify the two for extra creaminess
Serve immediately.


Classic Risotto

2 L Chicken Stock
1 stalk of celery
1 garlic clove
2 fennel leaves
30ml Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups Arborio rice
¼ cup Pernot
1 cup White wine
300g Prawns, with shells
1 cup of Parmesan, grated
10ml soft butter
Small handful of chopped herbs
1 lemon
1 lemon zest
Baby leeks, poached

Red Pepper, chilli and garlic sauce

2 red peppers, deseeded
1 chilli, deseeded
1 garlic clove, crushed
30ml Water
30ml Butter