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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.226 – Nigel’s asparagus and lemon risotto

    Posted on May 11th, 2014 Janet 1 comment

    The lemon juice gives this risotto a lovely fresh taste.  It’s from Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries.  The original recipe uses chicken stock but I am sure vegetable stock will be just as good.

    Serves 2

    cornish-asparagus-camelcsa-240411Preparation time: 10 mins
    Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

    50 g butter
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    200g arborio rice
    1 glass white wine or Noilly Prat
    400g asparagus chopped into short lengths
    1 litre hot stock
    Grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
    salt and pepper
    3 tbs parmesan cheese, grated

    Melt the butter in a wide, high-sided pan over a low heat.  Add the onion and let it soften in the butter, stirring occasionally, until it is translucent and silky.  Stir in the rice then add the wine and let it bubble down until the liquid has pretty much disappeared.  Add a ladleful of stock, turn the heat up a bit, then let the liquid almost disappear before adding the asparagus and a second ladle of stock.  Continue adding the stock as it boils down to almost nothing, stirring the rice frequently. Season with salt, pepper, the lemon zest and juice to taste and continue cooking until the rice is creamy but has a little bite left in it.  Stir in the cheese and eat immediately.


    1 responses to “Seasonal local food recipe No.226 – Nigel’s asparagus and lemon risotto” RSS icon

    • I started cooking when I retired8 8 years ago so cannot claim to be an experienced cook. I am a fan of Nigel Slater. I have tried several of his recipes and they are clearly explained and have been successful. However this recipe did not work for me. I followed the instructions religiously. The actual risotto turned out fine but in other recipes the recommendation is to boil the asparagus for two minutes before you put it in the risotto. I found that the asparagus was on the firm side when I came to serve it. However my most serious reservation of this recipe is that two lemons and the rind destroyed the taste of the risotto. There was just too much lemon and it was overpowering. If I did it again I would use one lemon max. Still a fan though!!

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