Watercress Risotto with Shrimp and Bay Scallops

  • Yield servings

Shrimp and bay scallops bring fresh flavors to this risotto.


-- sea salt and pepper
1 bunch watercress, blanched in salted water for 1 minute, then rinse
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
3 1/2 to 4 cups vegetable broth or chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil + more to serve
1 sprig thyme
1 -- bay leaf
1 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 -- celery, finely chopped
1 -- fennel bulb, finely chopped
1 -- tomato, blanched, peeled, seeded and diced
12 -- bay scallops
12 -- shrimp, deveined
1 tablespoon chervil, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated


1. Place the watercress in the bowl of a food processor. Season with salt and pepper and add the mascarpone cheese. Purée finely; set aside
2. In a pot, heat the stock; keep warm on the side.
3. In a large pot, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil. When warm, add the shallot, fennel, celery, thyme and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until the shallot is soft but not brown.
4. Add the rice and coat for 1 minute.
5. Add the wine and let cook until fully absorbed by the rice.
6. Add 1 cup stock, tomato and bay leaf and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Wait until the stock is absorbed to add more.
7. In the meantime, using a frying pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Saute the shrimp and bay scallops for 1 minute on each side, until they are barely cooked; season with salt and pepper; remove from heat and keep warm on the side.
8. When the rice is almost fully cooked (it should be al dente), stir in the watercress and add the rest of the stock.
9. Stir in cheese, chervil and parsley, add the shrimp and bay scallops, season with salt and pepper, stir gently. Remove from heat; cover for 2 minutes.
10. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Serve the risotto in deep bowls and drizzle with olive oil.

Reprinted with permission from Lake Austin Spa Resort.



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