500g fresh beetroot
2 tbsp olive oil
knob of butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
250g risotto rice
150ml white wine
700ml hot vegetable stock
handful grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
4 tbsp soured cream
handful chopped dill
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Peel and trim the beetroots and cut into large wedges. Place on a large sheet of foil on a baking sheet. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil, season, then cook for 1 hr until the beets are soft.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil with the butter in an ovenproof pan with a lid. Tip in the onion and garlic, then cook for 3-5 mins until translucent. Stir in the rice until well coated with the butter and oil. Pour over the white wine, then let the mixture bubble away for 5 mins.
Stir well, then pour over the stock. Stir again, cover and place in the oven. Cook for 15 mins until the rice is soft. Remove the beetroots from the oven. Whizz ¼ of them to make a purée, then chop the remainder into small pieces. Stir most of the Parmesan, the beetroot purée and chopped beetroot through the risotto, then serve with some soured cream dolloped over and the dill and extra Parmesan scattered on top.
Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2009