I have to admit I've gotten into the habit of using white beans in most dishes, except chili, of course.
I use different sizes and types of white beans, but they're still, well, white.
I decided it was time to change. (I'm such a risk-taker.)
Red beans, specifically red kidney beans, have a much more assertive flavor than their pale cousins.
I do believe I'm a convert.
Great way to use up some of the Christmas Ham….
Risotto with Red Beans and Ham
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2/3 cup Arborio rice (or other rice specifically for risotto – Carnaroli or Vialone Nano)
- 1/2 cup dry, white wine
- 2 1/4 cups chicken stock
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tbs butter
- 3/4 cup (3oz, 90gr) Parmesan cheese – freshly grated
- 6oz (175gr) deli or baked ham, cubed
- 1 cup red kidney beans
- 1 cup chopped red tomatoes
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Heat chicken stock and keep hot over low heat.
- In medium saucepan heat butter; add 1/2 of the onion and sauté until transparent then add rice and sauté, stirring, for 2 – 3 minutes until rice has white center.
- Add white wine and stir.
- Start condimenti.
When wine is almost absorbed add a 1/3 cup of stock, stir. (No need to stir constantly but do stir from time to time.)
- When stock is almost absorbed add another 1/3 cup and continue adding 1/3 cup at a time and stirring. Before you add the last 1/3 cup taste a few kernels of rice. They should be just 'al dente' – slightly resistant to the tooth but fully cooked. If more stock is needed add it 1 tbs at a time and waiting until almost completely absorbed. At this point risotto will be thick but not stiff – there will still be visible liquid and it will not hold it's shape on a plate.
Add the Parmesan and the condimenti, stir well, spoon into a bowl or risotto platter and serve immediately. It will continue to absorb liquid and the leftovers (if any) will be quite stiff.
- Heat oil in medium skillet.
- Add onion and sauté until tender, 6 – 8 minutes.
- Add ham and sauté 5 minutes longer.
- Add beans, tomatoes and simmer until needed, allowing tomatoes to cook down and thicken.
Mon mari pointed out that he's been very busy and someone (who shall remain nameless and blameless) has been derelict in the duty of reporting said business.
Someone can cut off the supply of Christmas cookies if such comments don't cease.
(Yes, I have been a blogging slacker lately…. but I've been doing this for seven years. I decided I could be a slacker for one week every seven years. And I control the cookies….)
We have lights!
Lights are a little tricky in our rooms upstairs. There's really not room to put ceiling fixtures that hang and the lights that are recessed need to have space around them so as not to over-heat and burn all the lovely insulation.
He's been taking advantage of the warmer weather to mix cement and do the patching.
Almost time to start the ceiling!
And finish the walls…
But, all that's going to wait for a few days. We're both going to slack off for a wee bit longer. We have friends coming to visit for a few days and, unless we can convince them that patching walls is really, really, really fun (a la Huck Finn) I think all work will pause for the duration.