How to make the ultimate dinner party risotto...

When I recently visited the Malton Food Festival I had the pleasure of watching some top chefs making their favourite dishes...

One of my favourites from the weekend was the ultimate dinner party risotto that I couldn't wait to get home and adapt to be herbivore friendly.
This risotto is creamy, succulent, sweet and has a really good texture to it...

Despite it sounding complex, it actually was quite simple to make and didn't take too long at all.
As with all risottos, the only faff is having to stir the Arborio rice continually but it is cooked within 20 minutes or so.
The peas and mint really change this dish into something spectacular...

And the introduction of an exotic, spicy pineapple salsa lifts it beyond the every day dinner staple...
Whilst I used a hearty topside of gammon steak for the carnivore, I used Quorn Gammon Steaks to make it suitable for the herbivores.

Topside Gammon Steak or Quorn Gammon Steak
1 tin pineapple chunks or quarter of a fresh pineapple
1 cube of chicken or vegetable stock
400 ml boiling water
1 cup of peas
1 handful of mint
1 bag of rocket
1 cup of Arborio rice
2 tbsp. brown sugar
Parmesan shavings to taste


1. Fry the rice with a good glug of olive oil
2. Add the stock cube to the boiling water and dissolve. Add the stock to the rice little by little stirring in until it is absorbed
3. Prepare the mint by finely chopping and losing the stalks
4. Cook the gammon by heating a little olive oil in a griddle pan for 4/5 minutes on each side and then put to one side in tin foil
5. Caramelise the pineapple by chopping into chunks, adding one chopped red chilli and placing in the griddle pan with the brown sugar
6. Once all stock is added to the rice and dissolved, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve in a rustic dish
7. Add the gammon steaks, pineapple salsa, a handful of rocket and parmesan on top

Et voila, a beautiful delicious dinner party dish that your friends will think you've slaved hours over!

What's your go to dinner party dish?

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