Monday, May 3, 2010

Canadian Bacon, Corn and Red Onion Risotto

A while back, we were reading one of our favorite blogs, Burp! Where Food Happens, which happened to be posting a risotto recipe they created. It was interesting because I had been thinking about making a risotto for a few days before reading that. That blog post motivated me to use up the rest of our arborio rice.

We had a few leftovers in our fridge that we decided to use (sort of a kitchen sink risotto, if you will).

Out came the Canadian bacon, sliced for easier consumption. Out came the 5-year aged cheddar cheese, grated for easier melting. Down came the unopened white wine, a gift we got when we bought our house.

Together those and a few other ingredients helped create a creamy and savory risotto.

Canadian Bacon and Corn Risotto
(4 servings)
arborio rice
2 Tablespoons butter
1 red onion, chopped
32 ounces vegetable broth
1/2 cup white wine
4 slices Canadian bacon, chopped
1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup corn
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Toast rice in pan in butter over medium-high heat.

2. Stir in 1/2 cup of broth at a time, continually stirring rice around. About midway through adding the broth, add the wine. Make sure each 1/2 cup of liquid is absorbed before adding the next 1/2 cup.

3. Add Canadian bacon, cheese, corn, red onion, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper.

4. Serve. Garnish with chives.


Unknown said...

That looks so creamy and delicious. How long did it take you to make?

Melissa said...


It took use about 30-45 minutes to make.

Lo said...

Thanks for the shout-out... though we can't take any of the credit. Risotto is pretty inspiring all by itself :)

Interesting flavors going on here -- particularly with the onion added at the end so the flavor is less absorbed into the rice and more on the front of the palate.

Melissa said...


Actually, we can't remember if the onion was added in the beginning or toward the end, because we made this about two weeks (whoops on the delayed posting). I'm pretty sure we did add it in the beginning, but since our memories are going with age, we may never know for sure.