Last weekend we went, along with lots of dancers and other parents, to Figaro’s Italian restaurant in Pickering for a little panto dancers party between shows. We had all pre-ordered so that food would be served soon after had arrived and settled into our seats to ensure a fast turn around for those going back to the theatre to dance in the evening performance. I had ordered lasagna, principally to benchmark it again my own lasagna that I hold in such high regard.
To be honest as nice as the restaurant lasagna was it wasn’t, in my opinion, as good as my own. I looked around at those who had ordered risotto and was a little envious that I hadn’t ordered it. We don’t have risotto often at home so it would have made a nice change. So, I resolved that within a week I would make a risotto for the family. Today was the day.
It’s pretty straight forward to make and I had prepared the stock last Sunday by boiling up the chicken carcass from the roast dinner with some celery, onion and carrot. Here’s the ingredients for a chicken and mushroom risotto for our family of 6.
- 500g risotto rice
- 1 large onion 0 diced
- 250g mushrooms – sliced
- 3/4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 4 chicken breast
- 1.5l chicken stock
- 2tbspolive oil
- salt & black pepper to season
The method is pretty easy really….
- Cook the chicken (oven, pan fry, poach – your choice) and cut into 1cm cubes
- Heat the oil in a large pan then fry the onions over a medium heat for a minute or so, until their softening
- Add the risotto rice and cook for a minute, stirring all the time, until it is coated in the oil (don’t let it go brown!)
- Add the garlic, mushrooms and chicken chicken and half of the stock and stir, simmer over a medium heat.
- As the rice soaks up the stock keep adding more stock until it’s used up.
- Test the rice, it should be soft but not mushy. If its still a little too hard add some boiling water and cook a little longer
- Add salt and pepper to taste
I served our with some garlic ciabatta and it was very filling indeed. I really enjoyed it, not sure about the younger girls as it was new for them but the teenagersaurus’ loved it.
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