Sunday, 11 August 2013

Cornerstone cheese risotto with butternut squash, chorizo and rosemary

Cornerstone cheese risotto with butternut squash, chorizo and rosemary

As part of my #EatDrinkSussex blog series I have been developing some recipes using Sussex cheese supplied by La Cave a Fromage in Hove, East Sussex.  This recipe for Cornerstone cheese risotto with butternut squash, chorizo and rosemary is the next in my series highlighting Sussex food and drink

The Cornerstone cheese is made by a Sussex producer and matured by La Cave a Fromage themselves for a period of 6-8 weeks.  Cornerstone is a soft, creamy cheese with a great aroma.  If you like your cheese with a bit of punch this is it.  The slightly salty and pungent flavour of this cheese works well with the sweetness of the butternut squash and the spiciness of the chorizo. The rosemary adding a herbal, fresh note to cut through the rich risotto.  A tasty and seasonal Summer risotto.  

The key to this risotto dish is the regular stirring which helps release the starches in the rice and produce a beautifully creamy textured risotto.  I hope you give this recipe and Cornerstone cheese a try and let me know how you get on.  Buon Appetito!  

Cornerstone cheese risotto with butternut squash, chorizo and rosemary

recipe author:  Chip butties and noodle soup 

serves 4

preparation time:
10 minutes

cooking time:
30-40 minutes

400g Arborio rice
1200ml stock (chicken or vegetable stock)  
1 onion finely chopped
2 crushed cloves garlic 
1 spring of rosemary - finely chopped
150g Cornerstone cheese
100g chorizo* - chopped
1 butternut squash - chopped into approx. 1cm square dice
2 tbs olive oil
chopped parsley to garnish
salt and pepper

*You can of course leave the chorizo out and have a lovely vegetarian risotto instead :-) 

  1. heat a large saute pan or saucepan then add your olive oil
  2. add your chopped onion, garlic and rosemary and fry for about 5 minutes over a medium heat until softened.
  3. add your chopped butternut squash and chorizo and continue cooking over a medium heat for a few minutes until the squash is lightly caramelized.  
  4. next add your Arborio rice and stir until the rice grains are coated and it absorbs the flavours in the pan - this should take about 2-3 minutes
  5. next add your hot stock - 1 ladleful at a time - stirring after every addition.
  6. repeat until all your stock is absorbed.  The rice should have a nice creamy texture, and still have a bit of 'bite' (al dente). 
  7. take off the heat then crumble and stir in half the Cornerstone cheese.  Check for seasoning.  
  8. plate up and garnish with chopped parsley and the remaining cheese in thin shavings.  Serve immediately.  This would be good served with a simple green salad on the side.  

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  1. I love the combination of butternut squash with risotto - it's one of my favorite wintery comfort foods. And the chorizo is a brilliant addition - and of course the cheese just goes that much further. So tasty...

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love butternut squash too. Great in risotto, especially with some added chorizo and awesome cheese :-)

  2. You are KILLING me with all of these delectable recipes and CHEESE! Thanks so much for another lovely herby entry! Karen

    1. A great cheese - would love some right now, but unfortunately all out. Thanks for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend :-)