It appears that we went with Italian-themed dinners this past Christmas season: a pasta dish for Christmas Eve, and now a risotto dish for Christmas dinner. Truth be told, we also had a polenta dish between Christmas and the New Year. It’s not because we’re Italian; instead, we just like good food, and think that Italian dishes are some of the best around.
If you make risotto as often as we do, you’ll know exactly what to do from the title alone. You’ll know the basic ingredients, and all the steps to make a Lemon Dill Risotto. Even so, we suggest that you continue reading, because we have a small culinary trick that you might not know about. We don’t normally use this particular trick, because we almost always have some sort of broth on hand, or at least the vegetables to make some quickly. This time, when we decided on risotto, we’d just had some soup, using all our vegetable stock. What did we do?
Remember those Savory Whole-Grain Nuggets that we made a while back? We loved them so much that we wondered if we could do something similar to make a breakfast patty. And, guess what? About a week later, we saw a recipe for making maple breakfast sausage in Egg Shop, by Nick Korbee. We figured, any restaurant that specializes in egg dishes probably knows a thing or two about breakfast sausage, too. We also figured that we could put the Scratchin’ It lab employees on overtime to combine the two ideas, and make our version of Maple Breakfast Patties.
It’s been weeks, perhaps months, since we made up some risotto here at Scratchin’ It central; all the employees were excited by the prospect of having Creamy Corn and Morel Risotto as part of dinner. Now, if you don’t have morel mushrooms, don’t fret, because this will be good with any mushrooms (or even without), so feel free to continue reading if you want a great meal.
We’re not sure about you, but we don’t deep-fry anything. Too messy, and too much trouble. We do pan-fry foods occasionally (Fried Okra, for example), but to fill up a Dutch oven with a gallon of oil, fry enough for two, then do something with the oil afterwards, nope. That’s not for us. Fortunately, you can almost always bake some of those things you’d deep-fry, instead. Yes, we know, they really aren’t the same, and we agree, but, if the choice is between baked or nothing, we’ll, we don’t scratch our heads thinking about that one.
We were thinking of moussaka when we made this, and we almost called it that, but that wouldn’t be correct, as moussaka is generally made with ground beef or lamb. This is simply a rice and eggplant casserole that we happened to mix up for dinner one night, although we did treat the rice similarly to when we made those delicious Savory Whole-Grain Nuggets. Feel free to scratch this up and let us know what you think, or, simply change it based on what you have in the house, and enjoy.
Yesterday, we showed you how to clean nopales and get them ready for use, but we realized that we only have one recipe posted for using nopales. It’s a good one, Nopales Con Papas y Más (cactus pad with potatoes and more), and one of our favorites. In fact, it’s about the only way we cook nopales, but, this time, we were out of potatoes, so we made up this dish, instead.