Sometimes I get these crazy ideas that I’m going to cook something I’ve never made before and I get overly confident that it will turn out amazing. Sometimes it actually works – like this time. Never have I ever made risotto, but I definitely have eaten it. Its creamy, flavorful, and you can put practically anything in it. So I thought, why not just cook it in beer? It is usually cooked in white wine so I figured beer would work just as well, if not better. I waited and waited to use my favorite brew, Saison by Funkwerks, until I found the perfect recipe. Finally, I had my chance.
How many ways can I describe my love for thee, Saison? You are crisp and spicy. You are full of yeast and fruity flavors. You are the perfect beer for me and evidently, also this recipe. The first addition of Saison gets it cooked into the grains. The final addition ensures that the sauce also has all the enchanting flavors incorporated. Thank god the recipe turned out so well because I would never want to dishonor this unflawed creation from Funkwerks. Try it out and see for yourself.
2 cups of Saison by Funkwerks
1 ½ cups Arborio rice
1 large leek
3 ½ cups of chicken broth
1 cup of sweet peas
½ – ¾ lb thick cut bacon
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste
First, prepare the leeks. Leeks can get all sorts of gunk and dirt inside them so I read about an easy way to clean them out. Cut off the dark green ends so only light green and white parts remain.
Cut it lengthwise about an inch from the root and then lengthwise again, so its in fours but still attached at the bottom.
Next, swirl it around in a big bowl of water to clean it out.
Now, chop the leek into small chunks and set it aside.
Cook the bacon until it gets crispy and makes your house smell irresistable. Mmm bacon….
Remove the bacon from the pan and then throw the leeks in so they can soak up the bacon grease. Cook them until they are tender, about 5 minutes. When they are finished, set them aside until the risotto is cooked.
For the risotto, put the rice in a large, deep pan and set the heat to medium-high. In a separate pot, pour in the chicken broth and turn the stove to medium-high heat so that it warms up. In the pan with the rice, add one and a half cups of Saison and stir constantly.
Once it is absorbed, add ½ cup of the warm chicken broth and stir again until absorbed. Repeat this until you have used up all the chicken broth. Then, add the tablespoon of butter and the last half cup of Saison.
By this time, the rice should be creamy and slightly firm. Add the peas, leeks, and crumble in the bacon. Once all the tasty ingredients are put together, serve in a few bowls and drink the remaining Saison with the meal!