Parsnip Risotto

3 pork sausages
900g parsnips
2 vegetable stock cubes
1 large onion
300g risotto rice
45g  mascarpone
40g grated Parmesan
1 small bunch sage
1 tablespoon truffle paste
4 tablespoons olive oil
60g butter
1 glass white wine
salt and pepper

Preheat an oven to 220°C. Remove the sausage meat from the skins and shape into small meatballs. Peel the parsnips and cut half of them lengthways into 6-8 pieces. Place in a roasting dish together with the sausage meatballs. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for about 20 minutes until the meatballs and parsnip are cooked and golden brown.
Grate the remaining parsnips and finely chop the onion. Dissolve the stock cubes in a pan with 1,5 litres hot water and keep just under boiling point over a low heat.
Heat a pan over medium heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 30g of butter. Sweat the onion for about 6 minutes. Add the grated parsnip and fry for 2 minutes. Add the rice and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add a glass of white wine and allow to reduce until all but 1 tablespoon wine remains. Add the stock, a soup ladle at a time, until the rice has absorbed the stock. Stir gently every so often. When the bouillon has been absorbed, it’s time to add the next ladleful. In total, this process should take about 17 minutes.
Add the mascarpone, grated Parmesan and truffle paste to the risotto. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the risotto with a lid and leave to stand for 5 minutes. In the meantime, heat a frying pan over medium heat with 30 gr butter and fry the sage leaves until crisp and until the butter is nut brown in colour.
Divide the risotto between 3 bowls. Lay the roasted parsnips and sausage meatballs on top. Spoon over the crisp sage leaves and brown butter and serve.

Soft Polenta with Sausage Ragout

Serves 2

1 onion
1 garlic clove
4 salciccia or Italian sausages
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 chicken stock cube
1 tin tomato paste
2 sprigs rosemary
120 g quick cook polenta
75 g smoked cheese
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Finely chop the onion, garlic and rosemary leaves. Remove the skins from the sausages. Dissolve a quarter of the chicken stock cube in 100 ml hot water. Bring a pot with 300 ml water to the boil.

Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Fry the onion for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon tomato paste and fry for 1 minute. Add the sausage meat to the pan, breaking the meat up well with a wooden spoon. Fry for about 3-4 minutes. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes, the stock and rosemary to the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer gently, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes until the liquid has partially reduced.

Add the polenta to the pot of boiling water and cook gently, stirring continuously, for 5 minutes. Grate the smoked cheese; add to the polenta along with some salt and pepper.

Season the sausage ragout with salt and pepper. Divide the polenta between 2 plates and spoon over the ragout.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

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