creamy baked sausage risotto

creamy baked sausage risotto | theclevercarrot.com

Traditional risotto is a beautiful thing.

Tender specks of ivory colored grains cook gently, until their natural starches release into the pot creating a creamy, oozy risotto…

You pay top dollar for this stuff in a restaurant.

But when you think of homemade risotto, you might picture an old Italian lady stirring (and sweating) over the stove….

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baked wild mushroom risotto

baked wild mushroom risotto | theclevercarrot.com

I smelled like a fajita combo.

There I was, standing amongst 15 other parents waiting for our kids outside the classroom. Everything was fine at first. In fact, I was initially worried about my black eye from the day before (a radio fell on my face while trying to grab it out of the closet!). I was pretty sure people would be staring at my pathetic cover-up job. But then there was this smell… a distinctive fajita smell. Was it me?

Sadly, yes….

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parmesan + herb baked chickpeas

parmesan + herb baked chickpeas | theclevercarrot.com

Because I just can’t leave well enough alone, I’ve transformed this recipe into the ultimate snack.

If you recall, baking chickpeas was a total nightmare; they were either too soft or completely dried out. To get them crispy, I use my chicken cutlet method (i.e. flour + egg + breadcrumbs) to create a crunchy outer layer while leaving the inside soft and creamy. The trick is to coat them generously with cooking spray and bake briefly at a high temperature.

And now for the upgrade……

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