Seafood, squash and white beer risotto - Le Coup de Grâce

Seafood, squash and white beer risotto

Preparation :10 min Cooking :1h30 min
Difficulty :medium
Servings :4

This seafood, squash and white beer risotto changed my life! When I cook this risotto, I eat it as a main couse because it just so good! Note : you will not loose weight with this meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup butternut squash, cut in big cubes
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 5 cups warm chicken broth
  • 1 cup Blanche de Chambly beer from Unibroue
  • One pack (340g) shrimps/scallops mix ( or about 12 each ), uncooked, shelled and cut in big pieces
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan, grated
  • Salt and ground pepper

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven at 400°F.
  • Place the butternut squash cubes in a cooking pan and drizzle some olive oil over them. Mix well to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper and cook in oven for about 45 minutes or until fork tender. Stir midway. Coarsely chop and set aside.
  • In a big pan at medium heat, melt the butter and add the shallots. Cook for about 3-4 minutes, without searing. Stir often.
  • Add the arborio rice and stir to coat well. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the white wine and stir well. Reduce until dry.
  • Continue cooking while adding 3/4 cup of chicken broth at a time, while reducing until dry everytime. Very important to stir regularly. ( Add the beer to the risotto when you’re at about half of the broth ). If the liquid is absorbing or evaporating too fast, reduce heat slightly. This cooking should take about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Meanhwhile, put the seafood on a paper towel to remove water.
  • In a pan at medium-high temp, heat a drizzle of olive oil and cook the seafood for about 3-4 minutes. Season with garlic salt and ground pepper. Stir often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Rice cooking is completed? Remove from heat and add the squash, seafood, parmesan then stir well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste!
  • Right before serving, add 1/2 cup of chicken broth and stir delicately. Risotto needs to be served creamy as hell!

*Note : Risotto is good when al dente : tender outside and slightly firm inside. You might not need all the broth to achieve the required cooking.

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Our wine stewards suggest

+- 15$Castel Sans-Façon Chardonnay / Viognier

With this type of meal with creamy texture, we take out the round chardo! Here is a blend with viognier, it develops accents of riper peaches extremely seducing!

+- 30$Maison Champy Chardonnay Signature 2012

A chardonnay bourguignon, a sure shot for this type of refined meal. A good time assured...

Saison en Enfer, Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

This easy and delicious risotto will pair well with this acidulous and dry Saison beer with pepper, spices and citrus fruits notes. The acid taste will balance with the creamy texture risotto.

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