Cauliflower and chorizo risotto with seared squid
Squid and chorizo is a marriage made in heaven – try it in this clever risotto recipe.
- 200g/7oz chorizo, finely diced
- 50g/2oz butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 250g/9oz Arborio rice, or other Italian risotto rice
- 150ml/5fl oz dry white wine
- 1 litre/1¾ pint chicken stock
- 1 cauliflower head, cut into small florets
- 25g/1oz parmesan cheese, grated (or alternative vegetarian hard cheese)
- 3 medium squid, cleaned, cut into triangles
- ½ lemon, juice only
- 4 tbsp parsley cress, to serve
- 4 tbsp red amaranth cress, to serve
Heat a frying pan until hot and dry fry the chorizo over a medium heat until the oils are released and the chorizo is just crisp. Add half the butter, the olive oil, onion and garlic and fry for 2–3 minutes, or until softened.
Stir in the risotto rice until well coated in the pan juices and cook for 1–2 minutes, or until the rice grains start to turn translucent. Add the wine and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until nearly all of the liquid has evaporated.
Add a ladleful of the chicken stock to the pan and stir well. Cook for 1–2 minutes, or until nearly all of the stock has been absorbed, then add another ladleful of the stock. Repeat the process until the rice is cooked but still al dente. Add the cauliflower during the last five minutes of cooking. Stir in the parmesan and season, to taste, with salt and black pepper.
Heat another frying pan until hot, add the remaining butter and the squid and cook over a high heat for 1–2 minutes until golden brown and just cooked. Season with salt and black pepper and finish with a squeeze of lemon.
To serve, spoon the risotto into serving bowls, top with the squid and a scattering of cress.