"Easy Like Sunday Morning" Risotto Recipe

Jam + Risotto = Delish.

We are competing in the the 2nd Annual Risotto Challenge on May 23rd, and in preparation we have begun inventing and taste-testing some jam inspired risotto recipes.

Easy Like Sunday Morning
with blueberries, pancetta and local maple syrup

~1/3 cup chopped pancetta
~1 1/2 cups arborio rice
~1 tablespoon of butter
~1 cup of blueberries
~4 cups of milk
~1 can coconut milk (14 oz)
~2/3 cup of maple syrup
~1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
~pinch of salt

Heat a dry non-stick frying pan and, when hot, fry the pancetta until browned and crisp. Drain and set aside. Warm both milks in a separate saucepan, but do not boil.
Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt and bubble on a medium heat. Pour in rice and cook for a minute in the butter.
Add half the blueberries into the pan. Add milk one ladle at a time until each ladle is absorbed.
Add the maple syrup, scraped vanilla and a pinch of salt about half way through the process.
Continue adding milk until all six cups are absorbed. Rice should be al dente at this stage. Stir through the remainder of the blueberries.
Add a dollop of mascarpone (to cut through the sweetness) and the pancetta upon serving.

Admire the gorgeous color!
(note: the image above is borrowed, since we failed to photograph this beauty due to lots of wine and great conversation while serving/eating.)