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Duck Bacon Risotto for Turkey Day

By on November 22, 2011

Creating a meal to use for a turks turban squash isn’t too difficult for Sanura Weathers of My Life Runs on Food. This time around, she shares a delicious risotto just in time for the holidays. 

Risottos are cheesy rice dishes slowly cooked with wine or stock. It’s an easy dish that takes patience. They’re many variations using  any combination of vegetables and meat.  The Roast Turks Turban Squash and Duck Bacon Risotto is great for cooler times of the year when you want a dish that warms you from the inside out. 

Roast Turks Turban Squash and Duck Bacon Risotto

1 roasted turk turban squash (recipe below); chopped
1 cup duck bacon; chopped
Olive oil
1 medium onion; diced
2 to 3 celery stalks; diced
1 to 2 garlic cloves; minced
Crushed red pepper; to taste
Salt and Fresh Black Pepper; to taste
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground caraway
A dash of nutmeg
1-1/2 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
5-1/2 to 6 cups chicken stock
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh herbs; minced (lemon balm, rosemary, sage, oregano and/or basil)
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano; grated

1. Over medium-high heat, warm 1 tsp. olive oil. Add duck bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon on to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.

2. Meanwhile cover and heat chicken stock to a simmer. Continue covering the pan until ready to use.

3. Add onions and celery. Stir until onions are translucent. Add garlic and seasoning. Stir for 20 to 30 seconds.

4. Add rice and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and stir until it nearly disappears.

5. Add a 1/2 cup of chicken stock to the rice. When it nearly disappears, add another 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Repeat until the rice is almost al dente.

6. After adding the last 1/2 cup of chicken stock, add the roast turks turban squash, herbs, duck bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

7. Garnish with the roasted turks squash wedges placed aside.

8. Enjoy warm.

Sanura Weathers blogs about food at MyLifeRunsonFood. The Brooklyn resident shares all sorts of food recipes, family stories, etc. with engaging commentary. Ms. Weathers is also a contributor to healthyblackmen.org.

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