Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Cold winter nights need some comfort food and there is nothing more tasty than Kransky Sausages baked in a risotto with bacon and peas.  Add some red pesto and you have a delicious combination and it’s hard to stop at just one bowl!

Kransky is a Slovenian sausage most similar to a Polish sausage and is predominantly filled with pork and bacon.  Variations include Cheese Kransky – which has little cubes of cheese added and Chilli Kransky which is hot.

Red Pesto is a variation on the usual green basil based pesto but has the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and sometimes chilli to give a lovely tangy flavour and a vibrant colour.

Frozen peas are a gal’s best friend and add colour and texture to everything and I have no guilt at all about using them.  Really – who has time to individually pod peas!

This dish freezes well and can also be made into Risotto balls

Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large red onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove grated

1 stick of celery finely sliced

3 Kransky sausages skin removed and chopped into small pieces

3 rashers of bacon finely chopped

2 cups Arborio rice

2 generous tablespoons red pesto

4 cups of chicken stock

1 cup frozen peas

1 generous cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese

½ tub light sour cream

Seasoning to taste

Knob of butter – optional

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, add onion, celery, garlic, bacon & Kransky and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes.

Add rice, stir for another minute so rice is coated, then add the red pesto.

Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil.

Season with salt & pepper to taste

Transfer to large casserole dish, cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Just prior to serving cook the peas in the microwave for 3 minutes

Remove risotto from oven and gently stir through peas, parmesan cheese and sour cream.

Check seasoning

Add the additional tablespoon of butter to make a lovely glossy texture if required.

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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