How to make... Beetroot Risotto with Kale and Parmesan

By ShanghaiFamily 2019-01-09 16:39:18

Beetroot Risotto with Kale and Parmesan


Ingredients (serves 4):

For the beetroot:

• 2 large beetroots (washed well)

• 2-3 sprigs of thyme

• 2-3 garlic cloves

• 1 tsp sea salt

• 2-3 bay leaves



For the risotto:

• 300g rissotto rice

• 2 shallots (finely chopped)

• 100ml olive oil

• 1L chicken stock or vegetable stock

• 2 tbsp grated parmesan

• 1 tbsp mascarpone

• 50g butter



For the kale:

• 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• Sea salt, for sprinkling




To make the kale

• Preheat the oven to 135˚C

• Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 and a half inch pieces.

• Lay the pieces onto a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt.

• Bake for about 20 minutes until crisp, make sure to turn the leaves halfway through.

• Serve as finger food.


To make the baked beetroot and beetroot puree

• Wrap your beetroots with the other ingredients in tin foil and bake in a hot oven at approximately 200˚C for a good two hours so that they are well cooked.

• Peel one of your beetroots (keep the other separate for garnish) blitz in a blender and then adjust flavour with seasoning with salt and stock. Put to one side.


To make the risotto:

• Sweat the shallots in the oil for five minutes.

• Add the rice to the shallots, and sweat for one minute.

• Add 800ml of the stock and simmer for eight minutes.

• Remove the pan from the heat, strain the rice and allow to cool.


To finish the risotto:

• Add 200g of cooked risotto base to the last 200ml of the stock, boil them together until the stock is almost gone and the rice grains are cooked al dente.

• Add the parmesan, mascarpone and beetroot puree to the rice and mix together. Remove the pan from the heat, strain the rice and allow to cool.

• Next, stir in the butter and season to the required taste. You should now have a nice creamy consistency with the rice grains nicely coated.

• Serve on a plate with fresh grated parmesan and pieces of baked beetroot and finish with the crispy kale.


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