Pumpkin, blue cheese & apple risotto
30 - 45 mins
Chef, cookery tutor and owner of Pop food business in Edinburgh, Steve Brown, shares his Halloween themed risotto recipe.
200g of pumpkin, peeled
2 onions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
75ml white wine
2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
2-3 leaves of fresh sage, finely chopped
200g risotto rice
800ml vegetable stock
50g parmesan cheese
Squeeze of lemon juice
75g blue cheese, cut into small pieces (or more if you like!)
Heat a heavy-based saucepan over a medium heat and add a splash of oil, the onion, garlic, thyme leaves, finely chopped sage, salt and pepper and sweat down for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, peel and dice the pumpkin into small, bitesize pieces, and dice the apple.
When the onions have softened, add the diced pumpkin and a little more seasoning, then sweat down until they begin to soften.
Turn up the heat and add the risotto rice, frying gently until the grains pop a little before adding the wine.
Once the wine has been absorbed, add the stock bit by bit, cooking gently until each measure has been absorbed.
After 15-20 minutes, all of the liquid should be absorbed and the rice will be tender. Take the risotto off the heat and beat in the butter and grated parmesan before folding through the diced apple and blue cheese.
Season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Serve with a butter-fried sage leaf and side salad.