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Risotto with Ham, Peas and Carraway (Hamapalooza #4)

Posted on May 2, 2014 with 0 comments

So the next installment of Our Easter Ham Adventure was a totally new one for us:  ham, pea, and caraway risotto...

Oh boy!  Home run!

I cubed about a cup of the ham, and fried it just a bit in a drop of EVOO.  I set that aside, and began to make a very basic risotto...

http://www.thisoldchef.com/blog.html/perfect_risotto_at_home_with_chicken_and_tarragon/

About halfway through the cooking, I added a tablespoon of caraway seeds, and the ham.  Then, about 2 minutes before the rice was ready, I added a cup of frozen peas.  Once the peas and rice were perfect, I turned off the heat, whipped in a tablespoon of unsalted butter, and added 1/2 cup of Parmesan...

After plating, I sprinkled on some minced scallions (chives would also work), and an extra dusting of Parmesan.

Absolutely delicious and, again... Not at all a re-heated Easter meal!!!

The cheapskate in me loves reporting to you that we are now at the point where the prime ingredient - the ham - in these meals now costs just $5 for 2!  That's right, $2.50 per person...

And again, to quote The Carpenters...  "We've only just begun..."