Roasted Sweet Potato Risotto

Sweet potato risotto

We love risotto and always look for new ways to enjoy it, so it's no surprise that I bookmarked this dish as soon as I saw it. Apparently so did my sister-in-law, because she made it as a side dish one night when we went over for dinner, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since. So, a few weeks ago, I opened the recipe and made it as our main dish. It was every bit as delicious as I remembered. While it is somewhat time consuming to make risotto, it is also somewhat therapeutic to stand over the stove after a long day at work and stir it as it starts to come together. I don't know why, maybe I'm just crazy! One note: I've tagged this recipe as vegetarian because you can totally leave out the bacon and it would still be delicious, but bacon is so good, so we went with it!

1 Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
3 tablespoons Olive OIl
2 tablespoons Butter
1 Shallot, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio Rice
1 1/3 cups Dry White Wine
4 cups Vegetable Stock
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
4 Bacon Slices, cooked and crumbled (optional, but delicious)
3 tablespoons Chopped Herbs (I used parsley)

In a bowl, combine the sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and paprika, tossing well to coat. Spread the seasoned sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, tossing every 8-10 minutes. Remove and mash until pureed, then set aside. Meanwhile cook the bacon, if using.  Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the butter. Add the shallots and a pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Increase the heat slightly and add the rice, stirring to coat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times, until the rice is translucent and begins to toast. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the wine. Continue to stir while the rice absorbs the wine. When most of the wine has been absorbed, add about 1/3 of the vegetable broth. Continue to stir until the stock has been absorbed, then add another 1/3 of the stock. Continue the process until the final 1/3 of stock has been absorbed; about 25 minutes total. (*You may need to add additional stock if your risotto is still chewy, but 4 cups was perfect for us). Reduce the heat to low and stir in the sweet potato puree and parmesan cheese. To serve, place the risotto in a bowl and top with additional cheese, a sprinkling of herbs, and crumbled bacon, if desired. 

SOURCE: Barely adapted from How Sweet It Is