After harvesting our broad bean crop, it was time to show Kim a bit of culinary flare in the kitchen. It was time to have a crack at Broad Bean and Chorizo Risotto.
Until today, I had never made this dish. But as I am a dab hand at a very yummy mushroom risotto, so I thought that this would be a cinch. It certainly was!
I adapted this recipe from a few that I found online, using ingredients that I had at hand. Here is the result to share with you all.
Broad Bean and Chorizo Risotto
- 1 Cup Arborio Rice
- 2 Chorizo Sausages (I used Hot Sicilian Chorizo), sliced
- ½ cup white wine
- 350 gm double shelled Broad Beans
- 2 cloves Garlic, smashed
- 10 mint leaves, finely sliced
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 Leek, chopped
- 3 Chicken Oxo cubes
- 2 Tablespoons sour cream
- 1 litre water
- Fill kettle with water and bring to boil.
- In a large pot, add chorizo and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes until brown. Remove chorizo and set aside, leaving juices and fat in pot.
- Add leek and garlic, and cook until translucent.
- Add rice and stir well, until it changes colour and looks like little beads of glass.
- Add wine and stir until it is absorbed by the rice.
- Crumble Oxo cubes in your hand and sprinkle powder all over rice. Pour in ½ cup of boiling water into pot and stir to avoid rice sticking to bottom of the pot. As the water is absorbed, add another ½ cup until the water is used up. This takes about 20 minutes.
- The rice should be firm but tender to eat. If not, add another ½ cup boiling water and continue to stir. The rice should look plump, creamy, and ooze off the spoon when poured.
- Turn off the heat, add back the chorizo, broad beans, lemon juice, sour cream, and mint. Stir well, season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
- Serve immediately.
Now just so you know, and before you make it, this dish is amazing. It will blow your mind.
There were only four ingredients in this meal that did not come from my garden or were made by me. They were the wine, sour cream, oxo cubes, and the rice, however we did have them in the stockpile cupboard or in the fridge. Not a bad effort, even if I do say so myself!
Now if you haven’t double shelled fresh broad beans before, here is a tip. Shell the bean from the pod, and follow these simple instructions.
Weigh out 100 gm of additional beans than stated in the recipe and place in a saucepan. Pour in boiling water to the top of the beans and then using a high heat cook for 3 minutes only. Drain, then rinse in cold water. To shell the bean, use your thumbnail to make a nick or two in the outer layer, then simply squeeze out the inner bean. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
So there you have it. Another delicious meal, mainly from our garden.
Fresh from our suburban food farm.
Nom nom nom nom
Gavin Webber says
You lost me at the broad beans but i think id throw in some pumpkin and it would be delish. Well Done
Bewdy! I needed another recipe for all our beans. Thanks Gav.
Hi Gavin, I see you are using store bought stock. I think you might be interested in something called a “verdurette”. It’s a french preserved vegetable mix which can be used as a substitute for stock. Basically it’s 4 parts finely minced vegetable (uncooked, in the food processor) and 1 part salt. The traditional recipe is 1 part allium (onion family), 1 part root veg, 1 part leafy green and 1 part herbs to 1 part salt. But as long as you keep the 4 to one ratio you can use what ever vege you feel like really. You only need about 1 or 2 tsp per litre. Because of the high salt content you can keep it in the pantry, I’ve had mine for years, whenever it starts to get lower I chuck some large leaves I don’t want to use from the garden or celery tops or whatever in the processor add salt and top up my jar. It’s so much easier than making stock from starch and so much tasteless than store bought stock cubes!
Gavin Webber says
Hi Lorna. That is so cool. Do you have a link that you can share with the community?
This is the website I first found out about them