Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Trout and Parma Ham Risotto Rolls

This makes a delicious and elegant Italian meal. The risotto - made with porcini mushrooms and prawns - is a fine match for the robust flavor of the trout rolls. Recipe serves 4.


4 trout fillets, skinned
4 slices Parma ham
Caper berries, to garnish
For the Risotto:
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 large raw prawns, peeled and the vein removed
1 medium onion, chopped
Generous 1 cup risotto rice
About 7 tablespoons white wine
About 3 cups simmering fish or chicken stock
2 tablespoons dried porcini or chanterelle mushrooms, soaked for 10 minutes in warm water to cover
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. First make the risotto. Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or deep frying pan and fry the prawns very briefly until flecked with pink. Lift out on a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.
2. Add the chopped onion to the oil remaining in the pan and fry over a gentle heat for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add the rice and stir for 3-4 minutes until the grains are evenly coated in oil. Add 5 tablespoons of the wine and then the stock, a little at a time, stirring over a gentle heat and allowing the rice to absorb the liquid before adding more.
3. Drain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid, and cut the larger ones in half. Towards the end of cooking, stir the mushrooms into the risotto with 1 tablespoon of the reserved mushroom liquid. If the rice is not yet al dente, add a little more stock or mushroom liquid and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the prawns. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
5. Take a trout fillet, place a spoonful of risotto at one end and roll up. Wrap each fillet in a slice of Parma ham and place in a greased ovenproof dish.
6. Spoon any remaining risotto around the fish fillets and sprinkle over the rest of the wine. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes until the fish is tender. Spoon the risotto on to a platter, top with the trout rolls and garnish with caper berries. Serve at once.

Tip: There are no hard and fast rules about which type of risotto to use for this dish. Almost any risotto recipe could be used, although a vegetable or seafood risotto would be particularly suitable.

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