Lemon Thyme & Fennel Risotto
Preparation time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
1 litre vegetable broth
375 ml dry white wine
2 lemons, zest from both and juice from 1
2 fennels, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 shallots, finely chopped
300 g risotto rice
100 g Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper
Bring the broth to a boil and keep warm. In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon butter and olive oil together, add the chopped shallots and fennel, then on a low heat sauté very gently for 8-10 minutes until the flavours have combined and caramelized. Be careful and do not allow them to take on colour. Add the rice and increase the heat.
Keep stirring the rice while it cooks and takes on a glassy colour – approx. 1 minute. At this point add the wine and as it bubbles, allow the rice to infuse with the wonderful aroma.
Once the liquid has evaporated and the rice begins to get dry add a ladle full of broth. Stir well and add a touch of salt. Reduce the temperature so that the mixture bubbles gently. Now, keep adding the broth, a ladle at a time, and allow the rice to soak this up, stirring every now and then. When the rice has soaked the liquid add another ladle full. By “massaging” the rice this way you release the creamy starch from the rice giving the dish a fantastic creamy consistency. This whole process takes approx. 15 minutes. The rice grains should be soft but still have a slight crunch to them. Now add a bit of salt and pepper, but be careful as the stock is normally salty enough – so please taste before!
Take the pot off the heat and stir through the thyme, lemon juice and zest along with most of the Parmesan. Mix well and cover. Allow the rice to take on all the flavours – 2 minutes. Giving the risotto this time allows it to unfold its perfect creamy-moist consistency. Check and adjust seasoning.
To serve scatter the remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and enjoy with a glass of chilled white wine.
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