Have you missed my regular risotto recipes? Don’t worry, darlings, they’re back! I had a special night all to myself recently. The house was quiet and tidied, it was a beautiful night and I had plenty of food and wine. After making a large batch of pesto from the 1 lb. of basil in my CSA box, I made this deliciously decadent risotto that would surprise you.
I’m really into the whole fruit-in-risotto thing. First the strawberry-lobster risotto, and now this: peaches and pork belly. It WORKS, I tell you. Saltiness from the pork, sweetness from the fruit, creaminess from the risotto. One could just eat and eat…
I’d like to point out that this is the first dish I made in my new Le Creuset kiwi-colored pan:
On to the recipe – again, I sorta made this up as I went, so please adjust to your liking.
Pork Belly and Peach Risotto
- 4 oz pork belly slab, or pancetta, cubed
- 2 large peaches, peeled, pits removed and chopped into cubes
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 4 c. chicken stock
- 1/2 c. dry white wine
- 1 1/2 c. arborio rice
- 1/4 c. Parm-Reg cheese
- Fresh basil, for garnish
In medium saucepan, heat chicken stock to boil. Reduce to simmer and keep ready.
In large skillet or pan, heat over medium. Add pork and cook until much of the fat is rendered and is nicely browned. Remove to drain on paper towels. Add rice to pan and stir to coat in the bacon fat, reducing heat to low. Pull the thyme leaves off and mix them in, too.
Add wine and stir, scraping up browned bits at the bottom. Keep stirring until moisture is absorbed, then add 1/2 c. simmering chicken stock and stir constantly until absorbed. Repeat with the adding of chicken stock and stirring until the risotto is thick, creamy and has just lost its grainy bite – approx. 20 min. You will probably use all of the chicken stock.
Turn off the heat and add the cheese, stirring until melted, and add the bacon back in. Stir in the peach pieces and taste for seasonings (mine did not need any salt or pepper).
To serve, plate a large portion and sprinkle with basil leaves. I must insist on the basil. I at first added just as a color thing. But the taste! It really makes this something special, so I have included it in the recipe.
Ridiculous. Biting into the thick pork belly and then the peaches – a wonderful combination of textures and flavors.