Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Recipes Apr 8, 2011 Organic Spinach Risotto with Moonstruck Feta and Poached Pears SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestMichael Ringland, Executive Chef at Haro’s, kindly shares his recipe for risotto, explaining that “we like to use anything we can get locally, like the spinach from Saanich Organics and local pears.” Risotto:1/2 Lb Unsalted Butter1/4 C Olive Oil1 Kg Box Arborio Rice1 Yellow Onion Small Dice2 C White Wine8-10 C Hot Chicken Stock6 C Cleaned Spinach Leaves1 C Grated Parmesan1/4 Lb ButterFarmstead Feta (from Moonstruck cheese on Saltspring Island, or any type of feta)Salt & Pepper Riesling Cassis Poached Pears:3 Pears (we used Anjou), peeled cut in half and cored1 Vanilla Bean Split1 Bay Leaf12 Whole Black Peppercorns1/2 C Sugar1/2 Bottle Riesling1 C Cassis Flavouring Method:Poach the pears first by adding all ingredients together and let them simmer for about half an hour or until they are soft and let the pears cool down in the liquid. Use a quarter of a pear sliced thin for each dish. You can freeze the liquid after to use in the future or make a sorbet with it. For the risotto, sweat the onion in the 1/2 lb of butter and olive oil on medium heat, add the arborio rice and cook for about 2-3 minutes, de-glaze with the white wine and cook until the rice soaks it up, start ladling the hot stock in, just enough to cover the rice, when the stock is about 3/4 soaked into the rice add more stock, continue this process until the rice is cooked. The rice should have a little bite to it when it’s finished – about 20 minutes, although it may take a bit longer, there is no exact amount of stock to make risotto so you may have some left at the end. The risotto should be a bit loose with liquid in it so it’s not dried out. Add your spinach to the risotto at the very end as it will cook quickly, add the parmesan and 1/4 lb of butter and stir in fast so it all comes together and has a nice creamy consistancy. Stir the rice carefully in the beginning stages as you don’t want the rice to break up. Place the risotto in a bowl, sprinkle the crumbled feta over top and place the pears on top. Finish the dish with mint and flat-leaf parsley leaves dressed in olive oil. Season risotto in 3 stages, beginning, middle and end.Makes 12 small servingsRecipesStarterVegetarian SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Appetizer / Main course / Recipes December 30, 2019 Spinach and Herb Pesto Spinach and Herb Pesto Makes about 1 cup. 1½ cups finely chopped spinach 1½ cups chopped parsley 2 Tbsp lemon juice, about half a lemon 1 jalapeño ... Read More Appetizer / Main course / Recipes December 30, 2019 One Perogy Two Perogy Perogies with Potato and Wild Mushroom, or Two Cheese Filling This is my recipe for perogies with a fluffy, mashed-potato-infused dough—one ... Read More Books / Recipes / Review October 20, 2019 Cedar + Salt, Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field and Sea It often surprises me how easy it can be to take for granted, or even forget, just how incredible this island is. Sometimes it is a visitor who helps ... Read More Appetizer / Recipes September 3, 2019 Sophie Fenlon’s Cervelle de Canut A lyonnaise cheese dip, literally translating to “silk worker’s brain” named after the “canuts” the silk workers of 19th century Lyon. ... Read More Comments are closed.