Monday, 24 September 2012

Tomato and Lancashire Cheese risotto - recipe for British Cheese week

A lovely supper recipe for you to try, and now that the seasons are changing so rapidly comfort food is in order and its on our supper case you are not aware this week is British Cheese Week. Although I love lots of different cheeses I do love British ones and in Lancashire, where I live, we have some 'belters' (that's Lancashire speak meaning 'jolly good').

Slowly does it when making this risotto, but its so worth a bit of patience and care...this is an inexpensive recipe you can mostly make from what you have in your cupboards and fridge.

Take care to use tomatoes packed with flavour and the creamiest Lancashire cheese you can find and this dish will smother you in tasty comfort on a cold wet night.

250g aborio rice
500ml chicken or vegetable stock (hot)
generous knob Lancashire butter
1 large shallot finely chopped
1 clove garlic finely grated
2 large vine or heritage tomatoes (choose tomatoes with lots of flavour) chopped
100ml white wine
150g creamy Lancashire cheese
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1. Start by melting the butter in a pan then add the shallot and garlic and sweat until soft but not brown. Add the rice and stir until all the grains are coated in the butter, season. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has evaporated.
2. Add the stock a ladle full at a time; do not add any more until the rice has absorbed the last ladle full. Keep stirring the rice, gently does it.
3. After cooking the rice for about ten minutes with the stock, add the chopped tomatoes. Keep stirring the rice and continue to add the stock as before until the rice has swollen and is al dente.
4. Crumble the creamy Lancashire cheese into the rice and fold in so that the cheese melts. Check seasoning to taste.

Cover and rest for five minutes (off the hob) then serve with chopped tomato pieces and a basil garnish.
British Cheese week runs from 22nd to 30th September 2012, with over 70 varieties of cheese on offer in the country there's a lot to tempt you.

Do you have a favourite British cheese?
Does it reflect the county in which you live?
How do you like to cook with British cheeses?


  1. We are risotto addicts at our house! As as matter of fact, we had it for lunch just yesterday. This looks so good! Must try making it SOON. Thanks!

    1. We love risotto's too, they are so versatile, hope you enjoy this if you make it. x

  2. Sounds delicious Sue, I do like a good risotto and the cheese can really make it. My favourite cheese is of course the one on my doorstep which is Cornish Blue - won best in the world too, so it's not just me being biased ;-)

    1. Love blue cheese too and I bet it would work well in this recipe. A creamy Lancashire is a thing of beauty for sure x

  3. CLEVER recipe Sue using local cheese, I LIKE it! Karen


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