Monday, May 14, 2007

Risotto with braised red cabbage, chick peas & chorizo

Everyone loves a good risotto and so I thought to try my hand at making it c/o of the sage instruction of The Cooks Book. This recipe called for the sweating of a handful of chopped shallots (or onions) in some butter and olive oil until soft. Arborio rice was added and mixed with the fried onion mixture until all the grains were coated with the fat. Some dry white wine was added and stirred into the rice mixture until absorbed. At the same time stock (e.g chicken) was simmering away and ladlefuls at a time were added to the rice to be absorbed until the rice reached the desired cooked state. A small bit of butter and some freshly grated parmesan were added to the final stages of the cooked rice and quickly stirred through before serving.

As an accompaniment to the risotto, I quickly fried up some chopped red cabbage, apple and onions with slices of chorizo in some olive oil. I then let these braise away with a bit of white wine and a splash of balsamic vinegar, before adding a tin of chick peas, some smoked paprika, salt and a few bay leafs. This semi-improvisation didn't turn out too bad and though the chorizo was a little bit spicier than I had banked on, it still made for a tasty and hearty meal.


  1. Delicious! I really like the way you did some free-stylin' too!

    Hope I get to taste it sometime soon! :)

  2. This sounds like a wonderful meal. Must try it myself sometime soon!

  3. Your risotto looks lovely and creamy. Oooh...I just want to dig in with my spoon right now!

  4. Hey Serenity, a quick question for you.

    Have you received an email from Bar Lourinha requesting you take off your review about them? I don't know whether its a joke from someone or they are serious. My review was quite good too I thought haha.


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