Oven baked Lemon and Herb Risotto with crispy Lardons
The clever weather predicting machines tell us that we are in for more cold weather – frankly, given that I am up to my neck in mud – I am grateful . I renounce my squelching energy draining mud sticking ways and run arms outstretched towards a week of icy starts, dragon breath mornings (my children used to open the front door and breathe out into the cold air yelling delightedly “Look Mummy!! We have dragon breath!!!”) crunchy, sparkly field dog walks and huddling by the fire for warmth.
To discover KindleFlamers just days before this weather sets in is the sparkly icy writing on the January cake. It’s a firelighter and kindling in one pretty stick! They are made in Britain in Certainly Wood’s sustainably run farm in Herefordshire from untreated wood shavings, which have been dried in their kilns using solar power and wood waste. Absolutely genius! Whip up this delicious risotto recipe, bung it devil may care into the oven then smugly light a fire with just the one stick of innovative wizardry and enjoy! Simple easy winter warmers!
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Oven Baked Lemon and Herb Risotto with crispy Lardons
Over to Rose:
This is my oven baked Lemon and Herb Risotto with crispy Lardons. No more standing by the stove for an hour stirring, just whack it all in, chuck it in the oven and voila! Of course it has plenty of butter and cheese in it (how else do I cook?!).
100g smoked bacon lardons
100g salted butter
125ml white wine
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
1 medium white onion diced
The rind of the parmesan (just cut it off your parmesan)
600ml veg or chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon and zest of 1/2 the lemon
100g grated parmesan
Chives, dill, parsley
1 mug boiling water (in case)
To start with, get yourself a heavy bottomed stove to oven pot with a lid.
Crisp up your lardons in the pan, when crispy, remove with a slatted spoon and keep aside in a bowl (you want the fat from the bacon to stay in the pan).
Now soften the onion and garlic for five minutes in the same pan.
Once the onions are starting to go translucent, add the Arborio rice, let it toast slightly for two minutes, stirring occasionally, coating it in the onions and bacon fat.
Now add the wine, give it a minute or so to sizzle, then add all of the stock.
Add half the butter and the rind of parmesan and put the lid on.
Get it in the oven for 35 minutes at 180 degrees.
Whilst that is in the oven, grate your parmesan, zest and juice a lemon.
Chop your herbs finely and have them ready.
After 35 minutes, remove the Risotto from the oven and give it a stir. Is it a bit dry? If so add a mug of boiling water. If it’s still a little wet don’t worry, the butter, when beaten in, is going to make the starch react and it will turn oozey and lush.
Add the butter, the lemon juice, the lemon zest and the parmesan (reserving just a smidge of parmesan for garnish) and stir vigorously until the risotto looks – “rissottoey”!
Pop the herbs in and combine.
To serve, spoon into bowls and sprinkle with the crispy bacon lardons and more parmesan.
Enjoy with a spoon in a big armchair by the fire
One of the best bits about what I do is discovering wonderful new companies. I get lots of lovely people contacting me but I am very careful to only work with companies that are passionate about looking after our environment and companies that create a fantastic product responsibly and with care. Certainly Wood tick these boxes and go onto win medals and trophies!!!
For over 10 years they have produced natural firelighters on their farm in Herefordshire, perfecting the right amount of wax as well as the right thickness and length of each Flamer to provide a firelighter which is natural, odourless and reliable.
They have now created KindleFlamers, a long-length firelighter which has removed the need for the use of kindling. This sustainably produced two in one firelighter “packs in a lot of power”, which then means you only have to add Ready to Burn logs to your fire.
I would also like to give a little mention to the quality of their logs – we have used a woodburner for ten years now and have tried a multitude of local log suppliers as well as online companies and Certainly Wood’s kiln dried logs are by far the cleanest and longest burn logs that we have used. Hurray for discovering wonderful companies who make products that make you say “Wow”! And yes, my husband and I had a tiny tussle over who was going to light the fire this morning – it’s so easy and brings such joy when an arduous task becomes totally straightforward- a bit like Rose’s genius no stir Risotto!
Have a wonderful cosy rest of weekend and keep warm next week xxxx