For some reason, the leek I ordered from Tesco was monstrously large. It was likely bullying the other vegetables in my fridge’s vegetable tray, so it had to go. I actually only used half the leek, but if you have a normal leek (one that doesn’t look like it could terrorise Tokyo Godzilla style) then use a whole one.
Also, if you don’t like mock meat, substitute for mushrooms, or other delicious foods of your choice.
Yield; Three servings Cook time; 45 minutes (approx)
- 200g Vbites Gammon style roast
- One leek, sliced
- One brown onion, diced
- Three cloves of garlic, minced
- 200g risotto rice
- 750ml hot vegetable stock
- 50g grated vegan cheese
- 75ml dairy free single cream (I used Oatly)
- Herbs, one teaspoon of both oregano and thyme
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Chop the mock into small chunks and pan fry over a medium heat for about ten minutes, turning every couple of minutes or so. Then set them aside.
- Next, heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute before adding the onion and leek. At this point it would be handy to fill a saucepan with vegetable stock and keep it on a low heat, covered.
- After about ten minutes, stir through the risotto rice and herbs. Keep stirring until you notice that the edges of the grains start to become translucent, after a couple of minutes or so.
- Add the stock to the rice, a ladle at a time, and keep stirring until it’s absorbed. Keep adding the stock in this manner until the rice is cooked.
- Finally turn off the heat and add the cream, cheese and gammon style pieces. Leave for about three or four minutes, this will allow the cheese to melt and for the risotto to become super rich and creamy.
- Give everything a good stir before serving.
I think the gammon style pieces and leek really worked well in this risotto dish. You can get Vbites gammon style roast in Holland and Barrett, and the you can find Oatly in most large supermarkets Free From sections. Or you could use Alpro’s single soy cream instead.
Bye for now 🙂