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!
Combined this one with No Zee French Rice Pilaf for one Fantabulous creation to add to our French Dinner tonight! Skipped (almost wrote "sipped") the cognac, but would like to try that NEXT TIME--can only imagine how GREAT that would be! Mmm... *Made for ZWT 3 French Region*
It's very cold (-22), snowing and windy today. We wanted something warming and filling for lunch and this really hit the spot. I put the dried mushies in a pot with the water and brought it up to a simmer, put on a lid and let it stand (off heat) for 30 mins then roughly chopped them. The cognac was omitted and I stirred 1 tbsp of parm into the risotto before removing it from the heat. SO good, a bowl of this and a cup of tea made a perfect lunch.