Waffled Pea & Bacon Risotto

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I love to waffle pretty much anything. It makes food crispy and can give leftovers a new life. I made this pea and bacon risotto a while ago, and I waffled the leftovers for breakfast. I just mixed the cold risotto with some breadcrumbs, and waffled it in a well-greased waffle iron. Try to make small waffles so that they are easier to remove from the waffle iron and they are less likely to break.

Ingredients:

For the risotto:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 white onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

400gr of Arborio rice

1/2 cup of white wine

125ml of cream

Salt

Celery salt

40grs of grated Parmesan

1 cup of frozen peas

150grs of crispy bacon slices, chopped (reserve the bacon fat)

For the vegetable stock:

1 ½ litter of vegetable stock

1 ½ cups of frozen peas

For the waffles:

About ¼ of a cup of breadcrumbs per cup of cold risotto

Vegetable oil for greasing the waffle iron

 

Start cooking the bacon in a large pan until it becomes crispy. Chop the bacon and set it aside. Keep the bacon fat.

Heat up the stock and add 1 ½ cups of frozen peas. Let them sit for 1 minute and then blend until smooth using an immersion blender. Keep the stock warm on the lowest heat.

In the pan with the bacon fat, add the olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the onions and cook them until they become translucent. Then add the garlic and rice, cook until the rice becomes translucent (about 1 minute). Then add the white wine and let it reduce.

Start adding the vegetable stock one ladle at a time and keep stirring. Once the liquid has reduced to half, keep adding more stock and stir. Keep doing this for about 20 minutes, until the rice is cooked.

Add the cream, Parmesan, the crispy bacon and the last cup of frozen peas.  Stir until everything is combined and let it cook for about 1 minute to allow the liquid to evaporate a bit and become creamy again. Add salt and celery salt to taste.

This recipe makes 3 plates of warm risotto. You can eat part of it and the rest waffle it. Or let it all cool down and waffle it.

To waffle it, mix about ¼ cup of breadcrumbs per cup of cold risotto. Grease your preheated waffle iron with some vegetable oil. I prefer to make the waffles small so that they don’t break when you take them out. I made each waffle with about ½ a cup of risotto. Serve while hot. Enjoy!

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Sweet Potato Rolls Stuffed with Chinese BBQ Chicken

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This is something you can do with the leftovers from the holidays. I used rotisserie chicken and I mixed it with some Chinese BBQ sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. But you can use leftover turkey or pork instead or just keep them vegetarian.

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This recipe makes 28 small rolls, I made half on a cast iron skillet and half on an oven dish.

For the dough:

7 grs of dry yeast

½ cup of cream, lukewarm

¼ cup of milk

½ cup of mashed sweet potatoes (I roasted them until tender)

3 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup of sugar

2 eggs

For the filling:

2 ½ cups of chopped rotisserie chicken, leftover turkey or pork

2 tablespoons of Chinese BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of sesame oil

2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

Extras:

Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water)

 

Place the lukewarm cream and yeast in the bowl of the stand mixer and let it sit for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes have passed, add the remaining ingredients for the dough to the bowl with the yeast.

Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment.  You can also knead it by hand.

Then remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured working area, it will be very sticky so flour your hands as well. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Place all of the ingredients for the filling in a pan over medium heat and just stir until the chicken is evenly coated. I like to mix it in a pan because the Chinese BBQ sauce is quite sticky and hard to mix unless it’s warm. Set it aside

Once the hour has passed, lightly oil the cast iron skillet or oven dish in which you are going to bake the rolls.

Place the dough in your floured working area. Punch it and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Grab one piece and slice it into 14 pieces. Make each piece into a ball, flatten it and stuff it with about 1 tablespoon of the filling. Close the edges by pinching them together and form a ball again. Place the bun on the prepared skillet, repeat for the rest of the dough.

Cut a big piece of plastic wrap and brush it with some vegetable oil. Then cover the rolls with it and let them rest for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 10 to 15 minutes before the second rise is done, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

Remove the plastic wrap from the skillet and brush the buns with the egg wash.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

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