- 500g fresh beetroot
A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…
- 2 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- knob of butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 1 onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 250g risotto rice
To create an authentic creamy Italian risotto, the use of specialist rice is imperative. It…
- 150ml white wine
- 700ml hot vegetable stock
- handful grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
- 4 tbsp soured cream
- handful chopped dill
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Peel and trim the beetroots (use kitchen gloves if you don’t want your hands to get stained) and cut into large wedges. Place on a large sheet of foil on a baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, season, then cook for 1 hr until the beets are soft.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil with the butter in an ovenproof pan with a lid. Tip in the onion and garlic, then cook for 3-5 mins until translucent. Stir in the rice until well coated with the butter and oil. Pour over the white wine, then let the mixture bubble away for 5 mins.
Stir well, then pour over the stock. Stir again, cover and place in the oven. Cook for 15 mins until the rice is soft. Remove the beetroots from the oven. Whizz ¼ of them to make a purée, then chop the remainder into small pieces. Stir most of the Parmesan, the beetroot purée and chopped beetroot through the risotto, then serve with some soured cream dolloped over and the dill and extra Parmesan scattered on top.
Another way with beets
Roast 250g beetroots as above. Cut a 100g pack goat’s cheese (with rind) in half. Place on baking parchment on a baking sheet, then bake in the oven for the final 7 mins until melted. Toss 100g bag salad leaves with 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp olive oil and seasoning. Serve with the beetroot and top with the melted cheese.