It's time to share the last leg of the European tour I took this summer. It was fast, busy, lots to see, lots to eat, many memories and a yearning to go back and spend more time in some of the places I liked the most.
We traveled our way through 7 countries which included the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, finally England.
Sloppy Joes are one of our favorite meals to eat. We eat it on buns, on rice or scoop the meat up with chips. It's your call on how you eat them! I have always made sloppy Joes with beef but this week I stepped out of the box and went with some local grown ground pork. Then I threw in some pineapple.
I had a flashback to the first time I had ham and pineapple pizza. I was dating my then boyfriend, now husband and he wanted ham and pineapple toppings. Frankly, I thought he was nuts to put pineapple on his pizza but, hey, when your are in love, right? So I tried it, it was pretty good. It became my favorite way to eat pizza. That and spicy sausage and pepperoni is not a very good combo for dating breath!
Risotto is versatile dish. Aside from the basic base you can add almost any flavor or add-ins you like. The down-side...sorry there is one, but it's minor. You have to stay and stir it constantly. The rice needs to be pushed around a little so it can release it's starchy goodness. That is what makes this dish so super creamy. You also don't want your rice to stick to the bottom. I started off with bacon and finished with fresh garden tomatoes.
3-1/2 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup white wine (Chardonnay)* 4 strips bacon, diced Small onion, diced 1 cup Arborio rice 2-3 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried) 1/3 cup grated Parmesan 3 small Roma tomatoes (seeded and chopped)
Pork wrapped pork...yep, had to do it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration Chef Terrie! It's super easy to put together. It looks fancy and you'll impress your guests with a dish that looks like you slaved away. Season it with your favorite seasoning or sauce. Bacons come in a multitude of flavors too so use your favorite! If it still isn't enough bacon for your meal, try my Parmesan Risotto with Bacon and Tomato for a side.
Everything's better with bacon so let's get to wrapping!