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Jan 5, 2008 02:54 PM

Seeking Savory Dishes with Vanilla Beans

I have quite a few vanilla beans on hand and am looking for new ideas. Just put some panna cotta in the fridge and infused some bourbon. A while back I made a shrimp with vanilla recipe that was pretty interesting. I am looking for other ideas for using the vanilla beans in savory or main dishes. Anyone have a recipe to share?

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  1. Here is a recipe I made a while ago.

    It was all right but next time I am going to tweak it a bit. Maybe choose a more flavourful wine. And serve it with mashed potatoes, not rice.

    1. Vanilla Bean Risotto
      3 tablespoons whole butter
      2 tablespoons olive oil
      2 tablespoons minced shallot
      1/2 cup diced onion
      2 cups Arborio rice
      1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
      1/2 teaspoon pepper, or more to taste
      4 cups chicken stock, warmed over
      1 whole vanilla bean, split lengthwise
      2 tablespoons heavy cream

      In a deep sided skillet or shallow saucepan over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter with olive oil until butter begins to bubble. Add onions and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.

      Add rice and stir well to coat rice with oil and butter.

      Ladle in the stock, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well with each addition and waiting until liquid is absorbed before adding more. Continue to cook and stir until rice is creamy and just cooked through, about 15 minutes.

      Stir in vanilla bean and cook for about 1 minute to incorporate flavor (do not add vanilla bean before this, or it can turn bitter). Swirl in heavy cream and remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

      1. This recipe is from Eating Well magazine. I pair the rosemary/plum portion with some kombucha squash and use my own recipe for a pork roast. Their pork tenderloin was just ok IMO. I double the plum portion - people love it!

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        1. re: meatn3

          That sounds great; I was contemplating giving it a try but couldn't find any fresh plums the last couple of times I looked. Will have to return to it in a warmer season to give it a try.

        2. there is a gulf of mexico vanilla shrimp dish I hope eat nopal shares with us!