Thursday, August 4, 2011

Broad bean and bacon risotto

In 2008 we planted our first broad beans. Each year since I have saved seeds from the harvest for the next years planting. This actually happened by accident as the pods are so well camouflaged that the beans inside the pods that we missed became so big that they got quite bitter. Those are the ones we saved. This year we have 3 huge beds of broad beans planted out and they are now in for the eating!

Sunday lunch has turned into a traditional risotto meal. It is a nourishing and filling meal using home made chicken stock and whatever in season green veg I have. If I can find mushrooms cheaply at the shop then I also make a risotto with mushies as the veg instead.

This Sunday I adapted a recipe from Harvest and made broad bean and bacon risotto which was just scrumptious.

1pkt streaky free range bacons sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
500g risotto rice
1.5 litres chicken stock
250ml white wine
250g shelled broad beans
6 sliced spring onions
200g finely grated parmesan cheese
handful of thyme

Melt butter and oil, fry bacon and onions. Add rice and coat with the oil. Add the wine, stir well and keep lid on the pot for 2 mins. Start adding the chicken stock cup full at a time stirring well with each addition until all the stock is used.
Add the broad beans, thyme and 3/4 of the parmesan and turn off the heat. Put the lid on the pot while you lay out the plates. Serve into each bowl, top with fresh parmesan. Gobble up quickly!


Lois Evensen said...

Goodness, that looks good and I am so hungry. We'll have something we can reach tonight. We are having carpeting installed so the kitchen is full of furniture from the living and dining rooms. We can reach the fridge so I guess we'll have a hard boiled egg. ;) Diet day!

Little Home In The Country said...

Wendy that looks absolutely delicious! I have broad beans growing for the first time in my life. They are just now ready to harvest and I'm a little stumped as to what to do with them. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I'll be sure to try it this week - the look of it has my tummy rumbling!