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Bacon Scallop Risotto
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 04/17/2012 - 21:54
I love, love, love bacon wrapped scallops and I adore risotto! And since it is spring, I am sharing a favorite spring time meal at my house - a recipe I created so I could enjoy both dishes in one!!
BACON SCALLOP RISOTTO
1/4 lb. sliced bacon - cut into about 1" pieces
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 C risotto rice
4 C chicken broth - heated to simmer
3/4 C vermouth or dry sherry
1/2 C. heavy cream
Scallops - fresh or frozen/defrosted. I like the flavor of the large scallops best and cut them into quarters. Use between 8 to 12 oz.
3/4 C grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried dill weed
To make Risotto
1. Cut bacon into pieces and fry in olive oil - add onion after a minute or two. Saute the bacon and onion for a couple minutes - until onion is beginning to soften and bacon is beginning to brown. Do not cook bacon to crisp stage - it will continue cooking while the risotto is being prepared.
2. Add the rice and cook stirring for about a minute.
3. Begin adding the hot broth, 1/2 cup at a time, and let mixture simmer until the liquid is almost gone before adding another 1/2 cup of broth. You will need to stir the mixture often and keep a watchful eye. This process will take about 20 minutes. ( I set my burner at a little above medium heat.)
4. Add wine and cook and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add cream and stir again until liquid is absorbed.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste
6. Add scallops and push down into the mixture so they are pretty well embedded in the rice mixture. They should release their own liquid, but you can also add a bit of cream with them if you like.
7. Stir occasionally, pushing the scallop pieces into the mixture as needed. Scallops are done when they appear opaque - usually about 6 minutes.
8. Add the cheese and dill, and heat and stir a couple minutes to melt the cheese.
Note: This makes a lot - at least enough for four people - generous servings. When I make it for the two of us, I save half over night for the next evening's meal or I freeze it. When ready to serve, I defrost in the microwave and gently re-warm.
Added after posting: Trader Joes usually offers some really well priced and very tasty frozen scallops - I purchase the bags of large scallops. With scallops and bacon in the freezer, I am always ready for company!!
I am taking a short break - will be back early next week with a fun giveaway!