Mushroom Bacon Risotto

Mushroom Bacon Risotto
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Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
43-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
43-45 minutes
Mushroom Bacon Risotto
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
43-45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
43-45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet fry bacon over medium heat until crisp tender and most of the fat has rendered. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and reserve fat. Once bacon has cooled enough to handle, coarsely chop.
  2. Using same skillet, increase heat to medium high and add 1 tbsp of bacon fat. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until starting to brown and moisture has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. In same skillet over medium heat add 1 tbsp of bacon fat and chopped shallot and sauté until starting to soften but not brown, about 2 minutes. Add minced garlic and continue to cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  4. Stir in rice and continue to sauté and stir until rice is coated, about 1 minute. Add wine, stirring to combine and scraping up any bits stuck to the pan. Allow to be mostly absorbed, about 1 minute.
  5. Adjust temperature to medium and add 1/2 cup of broth, stirring to combine and allowing broth to absorb. Continue adding broth by the 1/2 cup, allowing each portion to be mostly absorbed before adding more, stirring often.
  6. When down to the last cup of broth, test for texture and add more broth if desired, saving 1/4 cup for finishing. When the rice is al dente and the last addition of broth has been absorbed, stir in mushrooms and bacon. Add remaining 1/4 cup of broth, parmesan cheese, butter and parsley. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Makes approximately 4 1/2 cups of risotto, enough for 3 main dish servings or 6 side dish servings.

Braised Celery and White Beans


Braised Celery and White Beans
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Braised Celery and White Beans
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
75 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large sauté pan, cook bacon until just starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate using a slotted spatula. Reserve approximately 2 tbsp of bacon fat in pan.
  2. Over medium heat, add sliced shallots and garlic to bacon fat and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the shallots are starting to soften. Add celery and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in broth and allow to simmer over medium low heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk cornstarch into canned tomato juice until dissolved. Add to pan along with canned tomatoes. Heat until mixture comes to a simmer and thickens. Stir in cannelloni beans, smoked paprika, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
  4. Divide equally between 4 individual coquette dishes or ramekins. Place on a large baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Top each with 1/4 cup of grated cheese and broil until cheese has melted and is golden. Serve with crusty bread if desired.

Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad


Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad
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Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Wilted Spinach Tomato Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Crutons
Salad
Servings: people
Instructions
Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large bowl toss together bread cubes, dill, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and toss until evenly coated. Spread out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes, turning once. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to use.
Salad
  1. Place spinach in a large bowl. Whisk together mustard, apple cider vinegar and olive oil in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a medium size skillet fry bacon until starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Scoop out bacon with a slotted spatula to a paper towel lined plate, leaving approximately 3 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. In same pan over medium heat sauté garlic in bacon fat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add red onion and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook, tossing often for 1 minute. Pour in dressing and add bacon, stir to combine Pour over spinach while hot and toss to coat the spinach. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Garnish with shaved cheese, croutons and fresh dill. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Add grilled shrimp or chicken for a complete meal.  Makes 6-8 side servings or 4 main course servings.

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts is a delicious side of shredded brussels sprouts, bacon and pine nuts.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
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Wispy shreds of brussels sprouts sautéed with shallots, bacon and pine nuts.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts is a delicious side of shredded brussels sprouts, bacon and pine nuts.
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Print Recipe
Wispy shreds of brussels sprouts sautéed with shallots, bacon and pine nuts.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Using a food processor fitted with a thin slicing blade, add brussels sprouts a few at a time, creating thin wispy slices. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until most of the fat has rendered and the bacon is starting to crisp. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, leaving approximately 2 tbsp of fat in the skillet. Over medium heat add shallots and cook stirring frequently until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Stir in brussels sprouts and continue to cook until starting to soften, about 7-8 minutes. Add lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and pine nuts. Toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese

Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is creamy, loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon crumbs.
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
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A slightly smoky mac and cheese that's loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon crumbs.
Servings
6-8 people
Servings
6-8 people
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is creamy, loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon crumbs.
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
Print Recipe
A slightly smoky mac and cheese that's loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon crumbs.
Servings
6-8 people
Servings
6-8 people
Ingredients
Bacon Crumbs
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
Servings: people
Instructions
Bacon Crumbs
  1. Chop bacon into medium dice and cook until just starting to crisp and most of the fat has rendered. Scoop out bacon onto a paper towel lined plate, reserving bacon fat. Allow bacon to cool to room temperature before proceeding.
  2. In a mini food processor combine half of the bread crumbs, bacon, pepper and smoked paprika. Pulse until crumbly and bacon has broken down into bits. Add remaining bread crumbs and melted butter. Pulse until just combined. Set aside.
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
  1. Cook macaroni in salted water until al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large sauce pan, heat reserved bacon fat. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook over medium heat for 1 minute stirring often. Add 1 cup hot milk, continue to whisk until smooth and the mixture starts to bubble. Whisk in another cup of hot milk and whisk until smooth. Add remaining milk, whisk until smooth and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often. Whisk in dry mustard, salt, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, white pepper, cayenne and nutmeg.
  3. Toss together 1/2 cup shredded smoked gouda, 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar and 1/4 cup parmesan. Set aside.
  4. Add remaining 4 cups of cheese to the sauce, stir until melted. Add cooked macaroni and stir to combine. Divide equally into individual cocotte dishes or a 9"x13" pan sprayed with non stick spray. Top with remaining cheese and then bread crumbs. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
Recipe Notes

Top up reserved bacon fat with butter to make 1/4 cup if there's not quite enough.  Cook pasta at the same time as cooking the bacon.