Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Today I'd like to show you one of my favourite meals of all-risotto with tiger prawns and asparagus( and obviously the bigger the prawns the better) which I cooked for my boyfriend the last Saturday.
It's really simple meal to make and you can quickly do it by following 'HOW TO MAKE IT' written below . I can only tell you that it is absolutely delicious!And these prawns.Yummy! And I can promise you that your other half will absolutely love it. Anyway mine did;)!

If you ask me It's perfect meal if you want to impress and pleasantly surprise your other half or if you are just meeting friends. It actually goes well with any occasion!
Prep time:         10 minutes
Cooking time:   45 minutes

4 Tbsp Benecol Olive Spread(I use Olive oil), 1 onion (peeled and chopped), 2 cloves garlic (peeled and chopped), 300g risotto rice, 2 springs thyme, 200ml white whine, 1.2l hot vegetable or chicken stock, 50g parmesan cheese (grated plus shavings to serve), 10 pieces asparagus (halved), 20 raw tail on tiger prawns and couple green leaves to serve
How to make it:
1. Heat 2Tbsp of the Benecol Spread(Olive Oil) in a large frying pan. When sizzling add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4mins until opaque. Add the rice and thyme and cook, stirring for a further minute.

2. Add the wine and let it bubble until reduced. Add the stock a ladeful at a time, letting the rice absorb virtually all of it, before adding more. Cook until the rice is tender. Remove from the heat and take out any stems from the thyme leaving the leaves. Stir in the grated parmesan and season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

3. Preheat the grill to medium, melt the remaining benecol spread in a small frying pan. Brush a little on to the prawns and grill for 3-5 mins until cooked through.

4. Add the asparagus to the small frying pan and pan fry for 2-3mins until just tender.

5. Serve the risotto topped with asparagus and a skewer of prawns wih a few green leaves and the parmesan shavings.
Enjoy and don't forget about a proper bottle of white wine!

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