Beetroot risotto with feta and walnuts

IMG_8928Fancy a meat-free day midweek?  What better recipe to try out than our kitchen coach Amy’s delicious beetroot risotto? With baby beets still in season this recipe is tried and tested in Amy’s own bespoke Roundhouse kitchen. Add it to your growing list of tasty Roundhouse recipes.
We’re sure it will be a hit whatever day of the week it is!
Beetroot risotto with feta and walnuts
4-5 x small beetroot
35g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 large celery stick, finely chopped
2 x garlic cloves, crushed
175g risotto rice
80ml white wine
850ml hot vegetable stock
salt and freshly ground black pepper
50g parmesan, finely grated
handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
handful mint leaves, finely chopped
handful dill, finely chopped
½ lemon, juice only
150g feta cheese, crumbled
To serve
2 x handfuls walnuts, toasted
a handful of pea shoots
1. Begin by cooking the beetroot: trim the leaves from the top of the bunch, then steam the beetroot whole and with skins on, for 35-45 minutes, depending on their size, at 100°C. Sit them on a perforated steel tray, and don’t forget to use the drip tray on the bottom shelf, or the juice from the beetroot will stain the floor of the steam oven and you’ll have to wipe it out!
2. Once cooked and tender to the point of a knife, remove from the steam oven and allow to cool enough to handle. Then rub gently to remove the skins, and cut in to small dice. Set aside until needed.
3. Melt the butter with the oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat, then gently sweat the shallots, celery and garlic until translucent and starting to caramelize.
4. Add the rice, stirring well to coat in the butter, then pour in the wine and stir until evaporated and cooked in to the rice.
5. Gradually add ladlefuls of the hot stock, stirring slowly but constantly, making sure that with each addition, the stock cooks in to the rice. Stirring will release the starch from the grains of rice and make the finished risotto extra creamy, so do have patience! This will take around 20-25 minutes.
6. With the last ladleful of stock, add in the diced beetroot and season well.
7. Once cooked, remove from the heat and stir through the grated parmesan. Now add the herbs, most of the feta, reserving some for serving on top, and lemon juice and give one last stir to combine, then cover with the lid and allow to sit off the heat for 5 minutes.
8. Serve with the remaining feta scattered on top and the toasted walnuts and pea shoots to garnish.
Serves 4IMG_8920 (1)