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Ideas for a meaty main to pair with smoked cheese risotto?

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Ideas for a meaty main to pair with smoked cheese risotto?

CuriousCat | Feb 27, 2013 11:11 AM

I'm cooking a dinner for 4 adults this weekend, and will be making a saucy barley risotto with smoked cheddar, beans, and spinach. It's hearty, so normally I'd just serve that as the main, but this time I'm looking for a meat dish to go with it because we'll all be starving after an active day.

Ideally this is something that will prep & cook relatively quickly,1 hr tops, so big roasts, long braises, etc. are out. I'll be in a kitchen in a rented cottage, and while it is "equipped", I don't know that they'll have anything beyond the basics, so I can't count on a cast iron pan, slow cooker, pressure cooker, etc. being available.

For presentation reasons, I'm leaning toward the meat being something that goes aside / on top of the risotto, rather than being mixed in. But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

Any recipe ideas? Thank you in advance!

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