When I see a recipe that looks good, I wanna make it. It doesn’t matter if the dish is more of a “winter” dish, if it looks tasty, I’m on it! I saw a recipe for an Apple Bacon Risotto and it looked great! I decided to change the recipe some, in true BitterBitch fashion, and came up with an Apple/Peach/Pancetta Risotto with Wine & Thyme. It turned out freakin’ awesome! Now, I won’t lie, this is more of a winter dish and you’re gonna sweat a bit whipping this up, but the flavor is amazing!
- 2 cups arborio rice
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup white wine
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- half a white onion, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 apple, peeled & cored, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 peach, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 4 oz of chopped pancetta (you can buy it already chopped at most grocery stores)
- dried or fresh thyme (I used dried)
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- One tablespoon of olive oil
- sea salt & pepper
You’ll need two pots for this dish. Yes…a pain in the ass but that’s why you have a dishwasher. OR kids! 🙂
Simmer the 6 cups of the chicken broth in a medium sized pot. Leave this simmering while you prepare the fruit and veggies. Chop the onion & the celery. I use a bit of the celery leaves as well for flavor. Heat up the olive oil in a large pot (I used my Dutch Oven) Saute the celery & onion for 2 minutes & then add the pancetta. Cook until the pancetta is crispy.
Add the chopped apple, peach and the minced garlic to the large pot. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Add the 2 cups of rice to the veggies and fruit. Cook until the rice becomes translucent, stirring often. Then add the cup of wine and cook until the wine reduces by about half. Add the thyme. I used dried thyme and put about four shakes in. I like the flavor of herbs. Add a few shakes of sea salt & pepper and well.
The next step is a bit of a hassle cause it involves you, standing over a hot stove for about 30 minutes. Yes you’ll sweat balls, but the end result is worth it! Add a cup of the warm broth to the rice & veggies. Stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Then add another cup of the broth until absorbed. You’ll do this until all the simmered broth is used, adding a cup at a time, stirring constantly. The end result will be a creamy rice with a slight bite to it. Take the pot off the heat, and stir in the parmesan cheese. Even though you just lost a few pounds sweating silly stirring this dish, the flavor of it will make your heart happy! It’s a sweet, savory dish that will delight your senses. And it will make your inner fat self dance! As I mentioned earlier, my fatness knows no season. A hot dish for summer is sometimes worth the work.
EAT! LAUGH! LOVE! ROCK!