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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Onion Soup French Toast

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One of the perks of being an adult is being able to eat whatever you want. I sometimes find myself craving breakfast dishes for dinner and this is an example of that. I love French toast and I had wanted to do a savory version of it for a while. French onion soup is something both Pieter and I always enjoy. So I thought why not combine them both in one dish? The result was delicious! Melted cheese, caramelized onions with a bit of booze, soft and buttery brioche, I mean what is not to love? We ended up eating the whole loaf of brioche by ourselves. Yup, it was good! I made each toast quite thick just so I could be able to stuff it with a lot of cheese. And you can also waffle it. I soaked the last remaining piece of stuffed bread in the egg batter, greased the waffle iron, and waffled this savory French toast.

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This recipe makes about 4 stuffed French toasts

Ingredients:

1 loaf of brioche, about 400grs

250gr Emmental or gruyere cheese, thinly sliced or shredded

For the onions:

7 medium white onions, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons of butter, plus extra for frying the french toast

5 sprigs of thyme, leaves only

Salt

Pepper

1 shot of port

1 shot of white wine

For the egg batter:

250ml of cream

3 cups of milk

3 eggs

Salt

 

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring from time to time. After the 10 minutes have passed and the onions are caramelized, add the port and white wine to deglaze the pan. Stir, so nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pan. Once the liquid has evaporated, turn the heat off and transfer the onions to a plate.

Slice the brioche loaf into thick slices of about 5 or 6cm. The slices need to be big in order to be able to hold the filling. Using a paring knife, cut through the top part of the crust of each slice to create a pocket.

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Stuff each slice with some of the caramelized onions and cheese. Then using your fingers, press together the opening of each toast to seal it and keep the stuffing from coming out while cooking.

In a large bowl, mix the egg batter with a whisk.

In a large pan, add about 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it over low heat.

Soak 2 of the stuffed pieces of bread in the egg batter. Then place them on the pan and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes on each side on low heat. Then repeat for the remaining pieces.

Serve right away.

And if you want, you can also waffle it! I hope you guys have a lovely start of the week!

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