Thursday, 14 April 2016

Orzo Risotto with Chorizo



Isn't it great when two things that you love collide. For a number of years now I've followed Great Glen Charcuterie on social media, eaten their products and even met proprietor Anja on a couple of occasions at food festivals. I've also been receiving Charcuterie Boxes from Carnivore Club which have featured a number of wonderful British producers and was delighted when I found out that this month's supplier was Great Glen Charcuterie. Postal subscription services for food boxes have really taken off in recent years both as as gift options or as a monthly treat for yourself. Carnivore Club UK is a monthly delivery service of British Artisan Charcuterie. The meats in the box change every month and I've tried products from The Real Boar Company, Forest Pig and Cobble Lane Cured. The price point for the box is definitely that of a luxury product but it does enable you to explore different charcuterie that you many not have otherwise discovered on your own.

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There's a big interest in British Charcuterie at the moment and there was recently a fab piece on Jamie & Jimmy's Friday Night Feast about the British Charcutiers who are making products to rival the best Europe has to offer. Great Glen based in the Scottish Highlands specialise in producing charcuterie using only wild Scottish Venison. All their products are produced by hand and air dried to preserve their wonderful flavours. The meat selection contained in this months Carnivore Club Box comprised of Green Peppercorn Salami, Venison Bresaola, Venison Pork Salami, Venison & Pork Chorizo and Chilli Venison Chorizo. For me the absolute standout item was the Venison Bresaola. Wonderful texture and sumptuous smoky flavour. I ate it on its own straight from the packet. The great thing about the varied contents of the Carnivore Club boxes is that there is enough for you to enjoy some as antipasti with olives, capers, cheese and crusty bread and to incorporate others into dishes such as pasta, pizza, salads, frittata, stews etc. The chilli venison chorizo made its way into scrambled eggs where it had quite a kick. Both salamis were enjoyed in sandwiches and on a picnic and I used the latest addition to Great Glen's product line, the Venison & Pork Chorizo, in the Orzotto recipe I've shared below. A quick and simple dish that showcases a quality artisan product.




Orzo Risotto with Chorizo
Serves 4 

300g Orzo
750ml Chicken Stock
150g Frozen Peas
250g Baby Spinach
50g Freshly Grated Parmesan
65g Great Glen Charcuterie Venison & Pork Chorizio
Salt & Pepper

Place the orzo and the chicken stock in a heavy based pan and bring to the boil. 
Add the frozen peas and leave to simmer for 10 minutes. 
Check and stir regularly to ensure it doesn't stick and add more boiling water from the kettle if required. 
When it’s ready, the pasta should be soft and starchy and all the water absorbed. 
Add the spinach and let it wilt down then add the Parmesan and season with salt and black pepper. 
Finally stir through the chopped Venison & Pork Chorizo and serve. 




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211 comments :

  1. Spanish ham. There's nothing like it.

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  2. Graham Anderson14 April 2016 at 19:04

    Reasted Mutton

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  3. I love pates especially tuna and salmon.

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  4. Chorizo would have to be my absolute fave!

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  5. I like chorizo, I haven't tried much else.

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  6. I love Chorizo! Especially with prawns, yummy :)

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  7. I love a really spicy Chorizo

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  8. Gyulai is delicious but difficult to obtain. Merguez is also great.

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  9. Wild boar salami from Tuscany!

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  10. that would be chorizo we have it with loads of stuff

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  11. I love smoked sausage....lol had to look the term up, you learn something new everyday

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  12. I love chorizo, it adds so much flavour to dishes

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  13. I love a nice smoky chorizo.

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  14. I love salami, on its own or on some dark rye bread!

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  15. chorizo, especially on my pizza :)

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  16. Pastrami is so tasty. New York style with pickle & a little mayonnaise

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  17. Salami is my favourite
    Claire D

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  18. Venison Salami

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  19. Chorizo wins hands down for me

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  20. Chorizo is my and my daughters fave

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  21. It's a tough call! Probably Finocchiona, if I had to pick just one!

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  22. chorizo, it livens up so many meals

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  23. I adore Chorizo due to it's spicy flavour!

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  24. Jamon serrano sliced while you wait

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  25. (melissa crowe)salami

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  26. A nice spicy chorizo :)

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  27. My son likes all of it but Pastrami is his favourite

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  28. Parma Ham with some melon on the side yum yum

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  29. It has to be Iberico for me

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  30. chorizo and cured beef are my favourites!

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  31. Panchetta is my all time favourite!

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  32. Parma ham or chorizo. ��

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  33. Wild Boar Prosciutto,I had it in Croatia and it was simply delicious

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  34. Ooo this sounds delicious, I love a creamy risotto and yours looks like it's packed with greens too. yum. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare. I'm just off to enter your fab competition too :-)

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  35. We all love chorizo in our house!

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  36. I come from a Spanish family so I love chorizo, salchichon, jamon...

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  37. spicy Chorizo, yummy yummy! And YUMMY!

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  38. i love parma ham if thats classed as charcuterie? I love chorizo too

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  39. I love it all but Milano salami is my usual as it's fully of garlicky flavour - anyone for a kiss?

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  40. I would have to be salami...Always loved it!

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  41. Oh for me it definitely has to be parma ham! So great to eat from the pack but also wrapping it round chicken or fish = yum!

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  42. salami is my fave, closely followed by chorizo

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  43. can't decide between chorizo and salami

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  44. Spicy chorizo for me!

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  45. I think I would love to try the Great Glen Charcuterie Venison & Pork Chorizo!

    MadeFromBeauty.co.uk

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  46. My boyfriend likes chorizo (I am a pesketarian) xx

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  47. Chorizo i could eat all day every day :)

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  48. Im loving salami at the moment!

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  49. I love them all but my favourite is parma ham

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  51. Chorizo, Chorizo and more Chorizo!

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  52. Like many others here have said, it has to be chorizio!

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  53. I'm really going mad for pepperoni lately!

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  54. Great recipe! I'll try this one out! chorizo is so delicious but I love Sopressata and Bresaola! Xx

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  55. Parma Ham is my favourite, with all the trimmings.

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  56. Chorizo for me - love to make it with new potatoes and spinach

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  57. Bellota is my all time fav! xx

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  58. Prosciutto di Parma, it's the utter Bees Knees! :)

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  59. I love Chorizo, put it into dishes as often as I can

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  60. My choice would have to be some chorizo

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  61. I love chorizo but the spicier the better . The meat boxes look amazing. im almost drooling looking at the pic :-)

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  62. Chorizo is the best

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  63. Me and the kids love chorizo

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  64. chorizo fried with brussel sprouts in butter.

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  65. I love so many of the Salami's and chirizo and hams I don't know which is my favourite though. :)

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  66. I can't say I have a favourite. Love them all :)

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  67. Hannah Broomfield27 April 2016 at 19:03

    Chorizo or Spanish Ham

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  68. I love it all but am very partial to salami

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  69. I love it all ! BUt if I was forced to pick, it would have to be chorizo - I love the stuff !!!

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  70. salami for us (german to be precise)

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  71. Chorizo is my favourite. I love the taste of sweet paprika and the texture.

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  72. I think Saucisson Sec is my favourite type of charcuterie.

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  73. chorizo is a firm staple for me

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  74. thick slices of ham and chorizo

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  75. Samantha walker28 April 2016 at 11:33

    Has to be salami

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  76. Salami- yummytastic to put the yummy in my TUMMY. Thanks xxx

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  77. Black Forest smoked ham, salami, spicy sausages like cabanossi - anything really, as long as it not too fatty (so venison is a great option!)

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  78. Chorizo, such a useful ingredient

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  79. I love Salami!!! Nom Nom

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  80. I love a good chorizo, also a sucker for pastrami, mad for salami and you can't beat a nice Dorset Coppa or Lomo

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  81. Pastrami , Serrano ham and pepperoni salami.. ooh I love them all :)

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  82. Chorizo for me but would love to try others

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  83. I love chorizo. It's packed with flavour! EJ Dunn

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  84. its has to be chorizo mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  85. Call me boring but it is Salami

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