Seafood risotto

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    Wow at your next dinner party with this delicious crowd-pleasing risotto

    Serves 4


    300 g (101⁄2 oz) mussels
    200ml (7 fl oz) dry white wine
    750ml (26 fl oz/3 cups) fish
    pinch of saffron threads
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    30 g (1 oz) butter
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 leek, white part only, sliced
    2 teaspoons grated lime zest
    250 g (9 oz) risotto rice
    300 g (101⁄2 oz) scallopmeat
    500 g (1 lb 2 oz) raw prawns
    (shrimp), peeled and
    deveined, tails left intact
    200 g (7 oz) baby squid, cleaned
    and cut into rings
    50 g (13⁄4 oz) butter, extra
    3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon chopped dill


    Scrub the mussels and discard any that have opened. Put them in a saucepan with the white wine. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the mussels open. Remove the meat from the shells and set aside.

    Discard any unopened mussels. Add the fish stock and saffron to the liquid
    that the mussels were cooked in, then slowly simmer.

    Heat the oil and butter in a saucepan, add the onion, leek and lime zest and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until golden. Add the rice and stir for 1 minute, or until translucent. Gradually add the stock to the rice, a cup at a time, stirring constantly until all the liquid has been absorbed and the risotto is creamy.

    Stir in half the mussels, scallops, prawns and squid and cook for 5 minutes, or until tender.

    Heat the extra butter in a frying pan, add the garlic and remaining seafood in batches and cook over high heat until golden brown. Stir the dill through the risotto. Place the risotto in bowls and top with the fried seafood.

    Recipe by Michele Cranston

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