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.

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
5 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 8 hours
White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
5 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 8 hours
Servings Prep Time
5 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 1/2 hours 8 hours
Ingredients
Dip
Roasted Garlic
Servings: cups
Instructions
Dip
  1. Place beans in a large pot or bowl and cover by at least 2" of water. Allow to soak for a minimum of 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain soaked beans and remove any debris or discoloured beans. Place in a large pot and combine with water, chicken broth, rosemary, sage and garlic. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer until beans are fully cooked and soft. Approximately 75 minutes. Drain beans, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid. Allow beans and cooking liquid cool to room temperature.
  3. In a food processor combine beans, roasted garlic, olive oil, 1/4 cup of cooking liquid, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Blend until pureed or desired consistency is reached. Add additional cooking liquid as required and adjust salt and pepper seasoning to taste.
  4. Serve bean dip drizzled with additional olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and cracked sea salt. Great with pita wedges!
Roasted Garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Cut a 1/4" off the tops of the garlic bulbs. Place on a small sheet of tin foil cut side up and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in foil and seal edges to form a little packet. Place on a baking sheet or shallow pan and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Remove from oven, unwrap and allow to cool to room temperature. When cool squeeze cloves from the bulb casing and set aside.
Recipe Notes

The cannelloni bean will result in a slightly course texture.

Recipe Source:  Adapted from, Epicurious Tuscan Bean and Roasted Garlic Puree, June 1998