Matt Allans’ Bacon and Leek Risotto

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We kicked things off in style on Sunday at Marlborough Farmers’ Market, and talk about delicous! Marcel Rood, Matt Allan and Chris Fortune each whipped up a seasonal Farmers’ Market spectacular.

Matt Allans' Bacon and Leek Risotto

Matts’ Bacon and Leek Risotto is definitely a recipe I am going to have to try out myself – sweet Marlborough Leeks, salty bacon… heaven on a plate! Really simple, fresh seasonal ingredients and absolutely packed full of flavour. Matt makes his own stock, which probably explains why it was out of this world, but it can just as easily be made with the boxed version.

And here’s the recipe for you all; I can imagine everyone who was lucky enough to have had a taste is going to want to try this one at home.

Bacon and Leek Risotto
1½ l vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
4 Marlborough bacon rashers, cut into pieces
3 large leeks , chopped
50 g Marlborough Garlic
100 g Marlborough Shallots
300g risotto rice
125ml white wine
50g grated Sherrington Cheese
1 bunch Herbs, chopped
  • Keep the stock hot in a saucepan.
  •  Heat the oil in another large pan and fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Stir in the leeks and soften for 5-7 mins.
  • Add the rice and cook for 1 min.
  • Pour in the wine and keep stirring until it is absorbed.
  • Add the stock, one ladle at a time, stirring and waiting for the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
  • Continue for about 20 mins until the rice is just cooked and the risotto has a creamy consistency.
  • Season, then stir through the bacon along with most of the cheese, saving some for topping the dish just before serving.

Also, check out Marlborough Farmers’ Market in action: its a great place to visit if your ever in the region, super friendly people and delicious food!

Chris Fortune, Matt Allan and one of the delightful helpers

I will be back tomorrow with Chris Fortunes’ Potato Gnocchi recipe – see you all then!

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Hi! Welcome to Out Standing in their Fields, a national tour of FREE Farmers' Market cooking demonstrations. This Blog is about our journey, and the great food and people we have encountered along the way. Check out some of Blairs great videos for all the details, as well as some delicious recipes. Cheers for stopping by! - Blair Kylie -

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