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Gluten Free Food Ideas - Bacon and Pea Risotto

Published 21 October, 2006

As gluten free food ideas go, risottos are reliably yummy, filling, and great cold. Once you get the basic concept of how to make a risotto, you can get creative with the ingredients.

In short, you saute onions and garlic in oil or butter for a few minutes, add your dry risotto rice for 1 minute so it absorbs the flavoured oil, then add a splash of alcohol and start adding boiling stock, ladle by ladle until the rice is cooked. All of this only takes 30 minutes - 5 minutes prep, 20'ish minutes cooking and 5 minutes for it to "rest" at the end.

Bacon and Pea Risotto

1 garlic clove, chopped finely
1 onion, chopped finely
Olive oil
200g bacon lardons
400g risotto rice
about 2 litres of stock.
200g garden peas, blended to a puree
handful basil and parley, roughly chopped
Optional, grated parmesan

Heat up your stock to a rolling boil and keep hot.

Saute the garlic and onion in a little olive oil for a few minutes, to soften not colour. Add the bacon lardons and cook for a further few minutes until it is cooked. Turn up the heat and add your dry risotto rice and stir constantly for about 1 minute.

Add a ladle of hot stock and stir well. Keep adding stock 1 ladle at a time until the rice is cooked, which will take about 18-22 minutes depending on your rice, the phases of the moon and whether there was and "r" in the month. (No wine in the risotto at the moment as husband has to avoid yeast - apparently champagne is yeast free so he's developed a taste way above our beer income!)

When your rice is cooked, it will be soft with a tiny "bite" - if you break a grain of rice in half, you will see cooked rice and a tiny speck of white, slightly undercooked rice in the middle.
Stir in the peas, herbs and season. Leave the risotto to rest for a few minutes. Serve sprinkled with parmesan if you like.

I always thought they were too complicated and time consuming for me, but the reality is so different - risottos are a great gluten free food idea, so take the plunge and make a risotto tonight.

Other gluten free risotto recipes: Asparagus & bacon risotto , Chicken, mushroom & courgette risotto , Smoked haddock and vodka risotto

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