Thursday, April 18, 2013

Spring Vegetable Risotto with Poached Eggs

One of my favorite days of the month is when my beloved "Bon Appetit" Magazine arrives in the mail.  I have always been a huge foodie {I know, such an overused word these days} and love trying new recipes and unusual foods.  Weird fact, I actually bring the magazine with me to the gym and read it while on the elliptical - almost seems like it's defeating the fact that I'm working out, no?

This past week I tested out their "Spring Vegetable Risotto with Poached Eggs" recipe {find it here}, and although it did take a few hours to prepare it was most certainly worth the effort.  My family was just crazy about it, and best of all it makes more than enough for leftovers!

2 cups shelled fresh (or frozen, thawed) fava beans or peas (from about 2 lb. pods)
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
6 large eggs
8 cups low-sodium chicken broth {I used vegetable broth to make it vegetarian friendly}
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1/4 pound chanterelles or crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, halved or quartered if large
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large leeks, whites and pale greens only, chopped
1 fennel bulb, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups arborio rice
1 cup dry white wine {I used a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc}
1 bunch flat-leaf spinach, trimmed, leaves torn
2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream
1 1/2 cups finely grated Pecorino or Parmesan (about 3 ounces) plus more for shaving
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives plus more for serving {I also served with some fresh basil}
Freshly ground black pepper

If using fresh fava beans, cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water 1 minute. Drain; transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool. Peel favas and transfer to a small bowl.

Bring a large skillet of salted water to a bare simmer over medium-low heat. Add vinegar. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl, then slide into simmering water. Repeat with 2 more eggs. Cook until whites are cooked but yolks are runny, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water. Repeat with remaining 3 eggs.

Bring broth to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and keep warm.
Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large, wide heavy pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to bowl with favas.

Heat oil and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in same pot over medium heat. Add leeks, fennel, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat, about 2 minutes. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally, until evaporated, about 4 minutes.

Add 1 cup broth. Cook, stirring often (no need to stir constantly), until broth is almost absorbed. Add remaining broth by cupfuls, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more, stirring often, until rice is tender but still firm to the bite and mixture is creamy, about 20 minutes total.

Add spinach, crème fraîche, 1 1/2 cups grated Pecorino, 1/4 cup chives, and reserved fava beans and mushrooms to risotto. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted and cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Season risotto with salt.

A few minutes before risotto is done, reheat poached eggs in a large skillet of simmering water, about 1 minute.

Divide risotto among bowls and top with eggs, shaved Pecorino, chives, and pepper.  Enjoy!

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  1. Definitely looks delicious! My husband would love this!

    1. i think he would too, because the egg makes it a bit more substantial {which i know is very important to my boyfriend}!

  2. YUM! That looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

    I found you over at A Beautiful Mess. I really like your blog!
    Stop over by me sometime!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons

    1. thanks so much lisa! i will definitely check out your blog sometime :)

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  4. Wow that looks absolutely incredible. I think I'm going to try this one out later this week!

    Lemon Stripes

    1. it really turned out well! you will have to let me know if you made it and if you liked it :)

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    1. yes it was, we will have to make that again sometime :)