Friday, 16 May 2014

{chorizo & chicken risotto in Hermie}

I have been doing Thermomix demonstrations for a number of months now and it has come that time in a Consultants life when your existing customers are sometimes coming back for more. What I mean, is that there might be a special offer for current owners so that they want to host another demonstration. And, although the demo menu is extensive, there is only so much Mushroom Risotto that people want to see. 

So, here is an alternative that I offer for such customers. It is a tweak on the Mushroom Risotto and has such a different flavour. Great for those that really enjoy a bit of meat in their meals and not a big dent in the weekly budget.

It is a real winner in my house and one of the dishes that Miss A (the fussy eater) approves of. She will eat it everytime I make it so I'm happy with that. Miss I loves it because she's not a fan of mushrooms and this has lots of flavour for her mature (4.5yr old) palette! Enjoy xx

100 grams parmesan cheese (block), cut into 2cm cubes
1 brown onion, peeled & halved
60 grams olive oil (or 30grams + 30grams butter)
1 chorizo sausage, skin removed, halved lengthways & sliced into small pieces
320 grams italian arborio rice
100 grams white wine
1 tablespoon TM vegetable stock concentrate
320-350 grams chicken thigh, cut into 3cm pieces (~ 4 small thighs)
720 grams water
100-200 grams baby spinach /rocket leaves

1. Place cheese into TM bowl and grate 20secs/ speed9. Set aside for later.
2. Rinse out bowl to ensure the cooking of the risotto does not burn later.
3. Place onion into TM bowl and chop 3secs/ speed 6. Scrape down sides of bowl.
4. Add oil and saute 3mins/ varoma/ reverse/ speed 1.
5. Meanwhile, prepare chorizo.
6. Scrape down sides of bowl and give the bottom of the TM bowl a stir to ensure no food is sticking to the bottom. Add chorizo to TM bowl and saute 2mins/ varoma/ reverse/ speed 1. Scrape down sides of bowl.
7. Add rice and manually stir through rest of the food. Saute 3mins/ varoma/ reverse/ speed 1. At the 1.5min mark, pour in wine (through the hole in the lid) and continue sautéing.
8. Add in stock concentrate, chicken & water. Note, you'll be very close to the 'max' mark in the TM bowl. Cook 15mins/ 100C/ reverse/ speed1.
9. While this is cooking, place spinach or rocket leaves into bottom of ThermoServer.
10. When risotto has finished cooking, pour into ThermoServer and sprinkle over some reserved parmesan. Rest for a further 5 mins.
11. Stir the risotto so that the leaves are throughout and serve piping hot with extra parmesan sprinkled on top.

Bon Appetit xx

Tip: I like to skin the chorizo sausage as I find it does not 'catch' on the blades. It is not 100% necessary but I think it makes for a better result.

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