AGED ACQUERELLO RISOTTO, SPINACH, CAVOLO NERO, STRACCIATELLA, PINE NUTS

OTTO Ristorante, Sydney – Head Chef, Richard Ptacnik

Spinach Purée
500g spinach
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt

Wash the spinach then blanch for 30 seconds in boiling water. Cool in ice water.
Drain well. Blitz the spinach with salt and a generous splash of extra virgin olive oil.

Cavolo Nero Pesto
50g pine nuts
200g cavolo nero
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt, to taste
Black pepper, to taste
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped or grated

Roast the pine nuts in the oven then cool.
Blanch the cavolo nero in boiling water then cool in ice water. Drain well. Finely chop the cavolo nero.
Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and pine nuts.

Risotto
60ml extra virgin olive oil
30g shallots, peeled and finely diced
30g leek, trimmed and finely diced
1 small celery stick, trimmed and finely diced
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped or grated
1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
300g Acquerello risotto rice
100ml The Rose Grower Nebbiolo or light red wine
1.2 litres vegetable stock (approx)
50g garlic shoots, blanched
60g salted butter
90g Parmigiano Reggiano, 70g grated, 20g shaved
200g stracciatella cheese
30g fried garlic chips

In a large pan, bring the olive oil to medium heat.
Sauté the shallots, leeks and celery until soft, stirring as needed.
Add the garlic and thyme leaves, stirring for a further minute or so until the garlic softens and become aromatic, however do not let the garlic take any colour.
Add the rice to the pan and give it a quick stir to ensure it is lightly coated with the oil/pan juices and that it is not catching to the base of the pan. Continue to cook until it starts to make a slight popping sound.
Add the wine to the rice. For approximately 2min, continuously stir to allow for reduction and to ensure it does not stick to the base. (During this time the alcohol dissipates, and the wine will change character).
Slowly add the stock ladle by ladle, only adding the next ladle after the previous one has been absorbed. This should take approx 15mins.
During this time, you will notice the risotto starting to come together forming a lovely creamy consistency.
When cooked, add the chopped garlic shoots, butter, spinach puree and grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Continue stirring to emulsify.
Season to taste.
The final consistency can be adjusted by adding a small quantity of additional stock or a little more cheese if needed.

To serve
Plate a serving portion of the risotto, then the cavolo nero pesto and stracciatella cheese.
Garnish with garlic chips.

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