This past weekend was a lot of fun. It snowed on Friday- we ended up with about 2-3 inches I think? Saturday my sister and I went on a run together…the frigid cold and snow certainly did not stop us! It was actually nice with the snow. We ran 8 miles on a trail called “Forbidden drive” in Philly- the snow plus the hills made for a pretty hard workout. There was actually a lot of people out walking and running on the trail–the snow made it so beautiful. For a moment or two you forgot that were in Philadelphia- it is so quiet, peaceful, wooded and pretty… a nice break from the craziness of life.
One of my good friends from Loyola, Megan, turned 24 on saturday and a bunch of my girlfriends and I went to Revel in AC to celebrate. We all had a lot of fun together- it makes me miss the good old days of college. I love those girls!
Sunday I managed to wake up early in AC and head to Princeton to meet Harry for breakfast. He is away on a rotation up in north jersey somewhere and we decided to meet sort of halfway to see each other for a few hours. It was a nice morning/afternoon together. I love that boy; he makes me very happy and I am a lucky girl! It was just one of those perfect days together :) By the way, the picture below is of the Princeton Crew team’s boat house and ice cream and cupcakes from The Bent Spoon in Princeton…best cupcakes I have ever had. If you ever go to Princeton, go to this place. That and Teresa’s Cafe.
I have never made risotto before I made this recipe. For some reason I was intimated by the thought of making it. I guess I thought it would be difficult to make…but it actually easy! The finished product does make you look like a talented chef, though! This was another winning recipe from How Sweet Eats. This can be enjoyed a a main entree (along side a salad or something small), as a side dish of a dinner or as a lunch! A very delicious and wholesome recipe!
Serves ~4 (or more if you serve this as a side dish)
- 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- 1 1/3 cups dry white wine
- 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock
- 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons brown butter
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs: sage, parsley + rosemary
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a bowl, combine chopped sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg and smoked paprika, tossing well to coat. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes, tossing every 8-10 minutes. Remove and mash until pureed (or you could use a blender or food processor – I just used a potato masher), then set aside.
- Note: while the potatoes are roasting you can do other things, like cook the bacon or chop the fresh herbs to get it out of the way.
- Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add chicken or vegetable stock. Heat until hot. If it begins to boil, turn down so it is no longer boiling.
- Heat a larger saucepan or even a dutch oven over medium heat. Add in remaining olive oil and butter (not the brown butter), then add shallots with a pinch of salt. Stir to coat and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft, then add in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Increase heat slightly and add rice, stirring to coat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring 2-3 times until the rice is translucent and begins to toast. Reduce heat to medium-low and add in wine. Continue to stir as the rice absorbs the wine. When most of it is absorbed, add in about 1/3 of the warm chicken/vegetable stock. Repeat the process, continuously stirring until the stock is absorbed, then add another 1/3. Repeat until all of the stock is used and absorbed and the rice is cooked, making sure to take a spoonful and taste test. The whole process will take about 20-25 minutes. If the rice is still too chewy and dense, heat a bit more liquid and add it again, stirring. The rule I go by is to add enough liquid just to cover the very top of the risotto.
- Once the rice is cooked to your liking, reduce heat to low and stir in about 3/4 cup the sweet potato puree. Take a few minutes and really stir so it is well-absorbed. Stir in parmesan cheese and brown butter, mixing to combine. Taste and season additionally if desired, but remember that you are going to add bacon on top!
- To serve, place the risotto in a bowl and top with some additional cheese, a sprinkling of herbs, the crumbled bacon and then more herbs and cheese if desired. Serve immediately!
What did you do this weekend?