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Porcini mushrooms have such a nice earthy flavor in this risotto. The addition of caramelized onions and a little bit of cognac really make it special. From Bon Appetit.
- Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cover and cook until golden, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
- Add rice, porcini, 1 cup porcini soaking liquid, 4 cups broth, and cognac. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer uncovered until rice is tender and mixture is creamy, stirring occasionally and adding broth if dry, about 20 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Pass parmesan cheese separately.
This was a pretty nice dish - I had the recipe on hand for a few months until I finally got around to trying it. I made it exactly as written, except that instead of using canned chicken broth, I used chicken bouillon granules, making 4 cups worth of bouillon according to the recipe on its package. This was also the first time I'd ever bought dried mushrooms and rehydrated them - I'd never even heard of it before. The onions didn't really caramelize for me, as mentioned in the description, but I didn't mind. The results were quite tasty, but I found the flavor fairly strong - not unpleasant, just a bit surprising. It made a good volume of risotto, and lasted me for four dinners.
Fail-proof risotto! I've always been intimidated by risotto recipes and this takes the fear out of it. I skipped the parmesan cheese as I don't think it needed it. This is very savory, warm and comforting. In the future I would like to try this recipe again by adding the broth 1 cup at a time (and constantly stirring and watching it), instead of the liquid all at once. This is a keeper. Thanks for taking the fear out of making risotto! :)
My first try making risotto though I've had porcini risotto before. This was creamy, earthy, flavorful and I skipped the cognac as well. My daughter thinks I'm a genius - even though we both know I tipped the hand with the broth - but scooped some out for gravy and the risotto still was perfect. A pre-teen says THANKS!