Risotto with Hake and Basil

This risotto can be served as a starter or main course and is always a favourite.

Ingredients


  • 700 g hake, skinned, boned and cut into chunks
  • a knob of butter
  • 0.50 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 300 g carnaroli or arborio risotto rice
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 800 ml stock, heated to simmering point
  • a little salt and black pepper
  • 200 g vegetables – a mixture of frozen peas and broad beans works well
  • handful basil leaves, lightly torn

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, 180°C (150°F).
  2. Melt a knob of butter with a dash of olive oil in a wide, shallow ovenproof saucepan over a gentle heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, but not browned. This will take about 5 minutes. Add in the rice and stir for 1-2 minutes until it starts to look translucent. Add the wine and stir until it evaporates.
  3. Pour in enough of the heated stock to just cover the rice and simmer gently, stirring now and again. Season with a little salt and pepper. As the stock evaporates add more and stir intermittently until all the stock is used. This will take about 15 minutes. Taste regularly and add a little more salt if necessary.
  4. Stir in the frozen vegetables and basil leaves. Then season the fish and place it in a single layer on top of the risotto. Cover and place in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with a side salad and grated hard cheese to hand around.

Notes:

Check out www.bordbia.ie/fish for a selection of tasty contemporary fish dishes





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