Happy New Year! As you read this I am winging my way back to Toronto (and ridiculous sub-zero temperatures) after two wonderful weeks with my mum and dad, extended family and various friends in Sydney and Adelaide. As you’ll have read from my last French Fridays with Dorie post (Gravlax), my mum and dad were participants in the FFWD experience – they got to taste three dishes that I managed to work into the holiday menus as I am wont to do – even if sometimes it’s a little awkward (many of my friends have eaten whole “Dorie” dinners at my house consisting of three or four dishes that may or may not go together depending on the month’s selection of recipes but they are willing taste testers anyway!).
This week’s recipe – dressy pasta “risotto” (p 369) was one that I managed to fit into a New Year’s brunch (we’d had a late dinner the night before and a later dinner reservation that evening so brunch seemed to make sense and instead of the regular bacon and egg-type dishes, I thought that minifying this dish into tiny ramekin-sized portions and adding some leeks and bacon à la one of the “bonnes idées” might just work with a green salad for brunch. I know my mum was skeptical but it really worked.
It’s actually nothing to do with “risotto” – rather, its a fancy mac n’ cheese and the only thing vaguely risotto-ish about it is that you add the pasta to the boiling stock and let it simmer until the liquid is absorbed – much like a risotto but not really. In any case, I substituted Greek yoghurt for mascarpone and added some sautéed bacon and leeks to the mix. It really was very tasty and in the 1/2 cup size serves it was perfect with a tossed green salad as part of a brunch.
I reckon those leftovers in the fridge will taste even better a couple of days later so don’t forget about them, mum!
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