Sunday, March 14, 2010
Daring Cooks March: Reuben Risotto
Fortunately, with St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, Peef was starting to get his annual craving for corned beef. And, along with that craving, he was starting to think about all the delicious dishes we'd enjoy in the aftermath of our St. Patty's Day feast. How about... a reuben risotto?
At first the idea seemed a little bit wacky. But, the more we thought about it, the more interesting it seemed -- a bit of corned beef, some saurkraut, a bit of cheese, some beer... cooked together with onions and rice in a flavorful stock . We decided to give it a try.
First, we prepared our corned beef. We used our favorite crock-pot recipe in which a corned beef brisket is cooked with carrots, onions, and celery in a delicious broth made from dark beer, tomato paste, water, browned sugar, freshly ground pepper, cloves, and lots of dill weed. In addition to making a tasty brisket, the recipe results in a plethora of deliciously unctuous corned beef stock -- just perfect for risotto. Since one of the specifications of this month's challenge was that we had to make our own stock, the idea was downright perfect.
We placed everything in the crockpot the night before we intended to make the risotto and let it cook slowly on low heat for about 12 hours.
We removed the corned beef,and then strained out the vegetables.
We were left with a richly colored corned beef stock that smelled positively fantastic.
I skimmed as much fat as I could from the surface of the broth, and placed it into a saucepan to keep it warm -- and then we prepped everything to begin the risotto.
We chopped the corned beef into bite-sized pieces.
Corned Beef Brisket
The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto. The various components of their challenge recipe are based on input from the Australian Masterchef cookbook and the cookbook Moorish by Greg Malouf.
And don't forget to check out all the other great Daring Cooks Risotto challenges at Daring Cooks’ blogs!
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