Savor the delicious versatility of risotto with this flavourful recipe prepared with roasted ostrich fillet, tomato and abalone.


  • Ostrich

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds

  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds

  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns

  • 8 Chilli de Arbol (4 per person)

  • 3 tablespoons Jupiter Berries

  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 8 Ostrich steaks (4 per person at 4oz each)

  • 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt

  • Risotto

  • 3 tablespoons Vermouth Butter

  • 1 cup Aborio Rice

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 8 cups chicken stock

  • 0.5 cup Heavy whipping cream

  • 0.25 cup Parmesan Cheese

  • 1.5 cups diced Heirloom Tomatoes (peel)

  • 0.75 cup chopped asparagus (par blanched)

  • 0.25 cup diced Leek

  • 1 tablespoon chopped Basil

  • 1 tablespoon chopped Tarragon

  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt

  • 1 teaspoon cracked Black pepper

  • Abalone Reduction:

  • 0.25 cup Vermont Butter

  • 16 pieces small Abalone (no shells)

  • 2 pieces chopped Leeks

  • 2 pieces chopped Celery

  • 3 pieces dried Bay leaves

  • 2 cups white wine

  • 3 quarts Water

  • 0.5 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 5 sprigs Thyme

  • 5 sprigs Tarragon

  • 5 sprigs Basil

  • 0.5 Lemon juiced

  • Salt (to taste)

  • 1.5 cups diced Abalone (Raw)

  • 1 tablespoon minced chive

  • 1 tablespoon mined red radish

  • Garnish

  • 2 cups Chicory Hearts

  • 20 pieces chives tops

  • 1 tablespoon chervil leaves

  • 0.25 cup Olive Oil

  • 2 tablespoons Champagne Vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Honey

  • Salt (to taste)


  • Ostrich:

  • 1.

    Toast all dry spice in sauté pan, place in spice grinder and grind till smooth.

  • 2.

    Coat ostrich filets with 2tb olive oil and season with spice mixture. Season with salt and sear ostrich in hot sauté pan using the other 2tb of olive oil. Cook to medium rare (about 4 minutes on each side). Allow two minutes to rest, slice against the grain into 5-7 pieces.

  • Risotto:

  • 1.

    Heat pot over medium heat. Melt 2tb of butter in shallow saucepot.

  • 2.

    Toast Arborio rice for two to three minutes. Reglaze with white wine. Reduce wine till it’s completely gone.

  • 3.

    Add chicken stock, two cups at a time, wait until stock has totally absorbed before adding the next two cups. After last two cups of stock go into the pot, add cream cheese and continue to cook until mixture begins to thicken. Be sure you are stirring often with spatula to avoid sticking.

  • 4.

    When mixture is thick, add tomatoes, asparagus, leeks, basil, tarragon, salt & pepper. If risotto seems too thickened, thin out with a little more stock. Cook for one to two minutes making sure not to break up the tomatoes. Finish with last tablespoons of butter. Serve when time to plate up.

  • Abalone Reduction::

  • 1.

    Over medium-high heat, in large saucepot melt 2tb of butter. Add abalone and sauté for one minute. Next, add leeks, celery, and bay leaf and sauté for three minutes.

  • 2.

    Deglaze with white wine, reduce by half then add water. Reduce over medium heat for one and a half hours. Strain into smaller saucepot and continue to reduce to ½ cup of liquid. Skim often to finish reduction.

  • 3.

    Add cream and reduce fill thick and mount with the other 2tb of butter. Remove from heat and steep thyme, tarragon, and basil for two-three minutes. Strain again into small saucepot and add lemon juice, diced abalone, chives, and radish. Hold warm till time to serve.

  • Garnish:

  • 1.

    Mix Chicory, chives, and chervil in small mixing bowl. In another mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Drizzle small amount of vinaigrette with chicory and add a pinch of salt.

  • To Serve::

  • 1.

    In the center of large square plate, place ¼ cup of risotto on plate. Lay sliced ostrich on top of risotto and spoon sauce around plate. Garnish top of risotto with chicory. Serve.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (2 servings)

  • Energy 7197kj
  • Fat Total 502g
  • Saturated Fat 218g
  • Protein 426g
  • Carbohydrate 202g
  • Sugar 63g
  • Sodium 12885mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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