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710 – Citrus & Rosemary Marinated Asparagus Risotto

Citrus & Rosemary Marinated Asparagus Risotto

1 Cup Arborio Rice
1 Bunch Asparagus
4 Tbl. Rosemary
1 Tbl. Thyme
3-4 Cloves Garlic
5+ Cups Chicken Stock
1 Cup White Wine
¼ Cup White Wine Vinegar
1 Lime
1 Orange
2 Tbl. Parmesan
2 Tbl. Butter
Salt & Pepper

Zest both the lime and orange and mince half of the rosemary. In a small mixing bowl add juice from the lime and orange, vinegar, salt and pepper, zest, rosemary and asparagus. Let this marinate for at least 30 minutes. In a large sauce pan or small stock pot, add the butter, garlic, and add the rice to the pan and coat with the oil. Deglaze pan with the white wine. Add the remaining rosemary and thyme and start adding chicken stock. Start with enough to cover the rice and let that reduce, then add more chicken stock, cooking down until the risotto is close to done. At about 15 minutes in, add the asparagus. As the risotto finishes it should be al dente and creamy. Stir in the parmesan and serve.

Basil Marinated Tomatoes & Penne Pasta

8 Roma or Vine Ripened Tomatoes
1 Cup BR Kohn White Balsamic or Chardonnay vinegar
1 oz. Basil
¼ Cup Grapeseed Oil
4 Cloves Garlic
Penne Pasta
½ Lb. Apple Wood Smoked Bacon

Pre cook the pasta and cool. In a small mixing bowl add the vinegar. Dice the tomatoes and add them to the bowl. Thin slice the basil and toss with the tomatoes and vinegar. Add a little salt and pepper and set aside for 2-3 hours, tossing periodically to keep all the tomatoes mixed with the vinegar. In a large sauté pan, add diced bacon and render the fat. Remove the bacon and dice. Set aside for later. Remove all the bacon fat except for 1 Tablespoon. Add the minced garlic to the pan and roast for a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes, grape seed oil and cook over high heat for 2-3 minutes. Taste for salt and pepper. Add ¾ of the diced bacon back to the pan and toss with the pasta. Garnish with the remaining diced bacon.

Alyn Abrams

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