Potato risotto

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The idea of a potato risotto might seem a little strange. Too many starchy carbs? Incorrect! By using the water the potatoes have been cooked in in place of stock, you can create an extra creamy texture, and by slightly overcooking the potato cubes, they almost melt away into the rice, transforming it into a velvety consistency similar to that of mashed potato.

One of a risotto's key flavours is butter, which also happens to be a potato's best friend, creating a harmonious bowl of food. We've added a touch of nutmeg to finish, which is often associated with warming, comforting dishes.

All in all, it's probably the most comforting yet indulgent dish we can think of – amazing really, considering it consists of two of the most basic and humble ingredients: rice and potatoes. Don't knock it until you've tried it!

  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 300g of carnaroli risotto rice, or arborio rice
  • 200ml of white wine
  • 800g of potatoes, peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
  • 150g of unsalted butter, cubed
  • 80g of Parmesan, finely grated (or a vegetarian equivalant)
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • salt
1
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil – you will need at least a litre as you will use this water to cook the risotto. Add the diced potatoes and simmer until ever so slightly overcooked – still just about holding their shape but easily mashable (about 15 minutes). Once cooked, drain the potatoes (reserving the cooking liquid) and set aside. Keep the cooking liquid warm over a low heat
2
Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan then add the onion and garlic with a generous pinch of salt. Sweat down until soft and without colour (about 5 minutes)
3
Add the rice and toast it in the pan for a couple of minutes, stirring to keep it from catching
4
Add the white wine and reduce until almost completely evaporated, stirring occasionally
5
Add ladles of the warm potato cooking liquid one by one, each time letting the rice absorb the stock before adding the next. Stir regularly to release the starch from the rice, which is what gives you a creamy risotto
6
This process will take a while (around 20–30 minutes), so be patient. Once the rice is cooked, add the potato cubes, butter and Parmesan and beat with a wooden spoon to incorporate
7
Place a lid on the pan, remove from the heat and leave to sit for 5 minutes
8
Divide the risotto between 4 bowls and finish with a grating of fresh nutmeg
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