Yield: 4 servings
|1 kilograms||Mussels; cleaned|
|200 millilitres||Dry white wine|
|600 millilitres||Fish stock; (home-made or from a|
|3 tablespoons||Extra virgin olive oil|
|750 grams||Chilled unsalted butter; diced 1 onion,|
|; finely chopped|
|2||Garlic cloves; finely chopped|
|1||2 1/2 cm pie fresh root ginger; peeled and finely|
|1||Red chilli; seeded and finely|
|350 grams||Arborio rice or other rice suitable for|
|1 pinch||Saffron stamens; soaked in 1 tbsp|
|; warm water|
|225 grams||Squid; cleaned and sliced|
|225 grams||Uncooked peeled tiger or Dublin Bay|
|2||Plum tomatoes; seeded and diced|
|2 tablespoons||Chopped fresh basil and flat-leaf|
|Salt and freshly ground black pepper|
Place the mussels in a pan with 50ml/2fl oz of the wine. Cover tightly and cook over a high heat for a few minutes, shaking occasionally, until they have opened - discard any that do not. Strain through a sieve. Remove the meat from mussels and reserve. Place the stock in a pan and pour in the cooking liquor, leaving behind any grit - you should have 300ml/half pint in total. Bring to a gentle simmer.
Heat two tablespoons of the oil and 25g/1oz of the butter in a saut pan.
Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for about 5 minutes until softened but not browned. Stir in the rice and cook for a few minutes until nutty and perfumed. Add the remaining wine and allow to bubble away, stirring. Add a ladleful of the stock and cook gently, stirring, until absorbed.
Continue to add stock in this way, adding the saffron mixture after about 10 minutes - the whole process takes 20-25 minutes until the rice is tender but 'al dente'. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a wok. Add the squid and prawns and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, then add the tomatoes, herbs and reserved mussel meat, toss together and remove from the heat. About 2 minutes before the risotto is cooked fold in the shellfish mixture and then fold in the remaining butter, stirring until emulsified. Serve at once.
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