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When I read that risotto was this week’s Food52 theme, I knew that I wasn’t going to submit something that was “Italian”. I’ve made plenty of mushroom, seafood, and veggie risottos that are great standbys, but it’s not my favorite thing to cook. Too much constant attention is required for one dish, and I lose patience for risotto rice very quickly. I decided to put together a dish that was original, and used a flavor profile that I really enjoy (and have been craving recently): ceviche. A traditional risotto with a few tweaks: avocado and sour cream for smoothness, lime-cured shrimp for some acidity, and an adapted gremolata of cilantro, garlic, jalapeno and lime zest complete the “Italian/Latin American” crossover.
Or at least, relatively simple. You can prep this whole meal in less than 15 minutes, let it bake for 40 minutes, and have dinner in an hour. Serve it with a side of rice, pasta, or the polenta I’ll tell you about, and it’ll feed 4, no problem, and cost per portion is around $5. Quick, simple, tasty, cheap. All the makings for a good weekday meal.
Tonight I tried out a new Bon Appetit recipe for a roast pork loin with pears and shallots. It was quick, easy, and healthy…and surprisingly tasty. I tweaked it a little bit, and I will mention the things that I changed as they come up. The consensus was that this dish was a winner, and would be made again, without a doubt. The real surprise for me was how ridiculously good the pears were: garlic, thyme, oil, salt and pepper made these pears a savory-sweet delicacy that worked very well with the pork.