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Butternut Squash Risotto

Brockmans Gin takes risotto from delicious to delectable:

Leading London chef, Duncan Impey, head chef at private members’ club, One Alfred Place, was inspired by the complex botanicals and berries in Brockmans Gin to create a series of recipes. The latest of these is…

Roast butternut squash & Brockmans Gin risotto with taleggio

Serves 2.
Heat the oven to 180o

Ingredients

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into thin wedges
  • Sprigs of rosemary
  • Few sprigs of thyme
  • 1 banana shallot – fine diced
  • 200g Carnaroli arborio rice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 small bay-leaf
  • 50ml Brockmans Gin
  • 60g butter
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 500ml vegetable stock – kept hot
  • 90g Taleggio cheese (or Camembert) making sure it is a vegetarian version if serving to strict vegetarians
  • Chopped fresh herbs – flat leaf parsley, chopped chervil and chopped tarragon (a pinch of each)
  • 80g freshly grated Parmesan cheese (vegetarian as above if needed)
  • Salt and pepper
Cooking the risotto

Method

Mix the butternut squash with some of the thyme and all the rosemary leaves, sprinkle with olive oil, and roast in the oven for 8 minutes. When tender but still firm, remove from the oven and set aside.

Place half the butter (30gms) in a pan with a splash of olive oil. Dice and chill the rest of the butter for later.

Add the diced shallots and cook for 5-6 minutes.

Add the rice to the pan and gently toast it with the shallot for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.

Pour in the Brockmans Gin, standing well back as it will flambé. Cook until the liquid reduced by half. Add the bay-leaf.

Gradually add the hot stock a ladleful at a time, stirring the rice mixture with a wooden spatula and adding further stock, a ladleful at a time, until the rice is done.Brockmans Gin Risotto plate

Once cooked, gently add the butternut squash and the cold diced butter and mix taking care not to break up the squash.

Add most of the parmesan and all the Taleggio cheese and stir. Remove the bay-leaf.

Garnish with the chopped fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil and finish with a sprinkling of the remaining Parmesan.

Pour a Brockmans Gin and enjoy…

Chef’s tips

Always use a wooden or a plastic spatula for risotto – metal implements break up the rice.

Ensure the stock is hot as you add it.

If you want to prepare ahead, the risotto can be cooked for 9 minutes (up to part-way through stage 6); placed in a cold fridge and then reheated and finished for a further 5 minutes or until done.

The butternut squash can be cooked earlier in the day and refrigerated until needed.

Don’t add the salt until the end – it prevents the rice cooking properly.

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