½ small celeriac, diced into 1cm pieces
50 ml olive oil
1 bulb garlic, cloves peeled
1 rosemary sprig
1 shallot, finely diced
1 leek, finely diced
1 tsp thyme leaves
100 g butter
400 g risotto rice
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1.5 litres chicken stock or vegetable stock
80 g pecorino cheese, finely grated
1 small handful flat-leaf parsley chopped
4 quail, cleaned and spatchcocked (the butcher can do this for you with notice)
- Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C. Put the diced celeriac on a baking tray. Season and drizzle over a little vegetable oil. Roast for 15 minutes, or until tender and brown. Meanwhile, put the garlic, rosemary, and 100ml of olive oil in a small pan (so that the garlic is submerged, add more oil if you need to) and gently heat for 10 minutes, or until the garlic is soft and lightly golden. Remove, and cool the oil. You can use the leftover garlic oil for cooking, but keep it in the fridge and use within a week.
- Fry the shallot, leek and thyme with 50g of butter and 50ml olive oil. Season. When the vegetables are soft add the rice and stir until all the grains are coated. Gently heat for 1 minute to crack the rice (this allows for easier absorption).
- Add 500ml of stock to the risotto and stir until it is all absorbed. Repeat another 2 times. This should take around 20 minutes. Add more stock if you need to, to get a creamy consistency. Take off the heat when the rice is tender, add the celeriac, the rest of the butter, cheese, and the parsley, and season. Cover with a lid and leave to rest.
- Turn the oven up to 200C/fan 180C. Heat a chargrill pan to a medium heat. Oil and season the quails, then put the birds skin-side down on the chargrill pan for 4 minutes until golden and charred. Turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes. Transfer to a baking tray, and roast for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear. Rest for 2 minutes under foil. Divide the risotto between warm plates. Chop the quail in half along its back and put on the risotto. Using the back of a knife squash the confit garlic and scatter it over.