Tuesday, August 5, 2008

French Onion Risotto

I got this from Lauren's blog as well.

I have to admit that I didn't love it. I liked it, but just can't go on raving about it. BAJ agreed, thinking that either I don't know how to properly make it (certainly a possibility), risotto just isn't his thing, or the risottos I've made just haven't been his thing. I don't know what it is, either, but any of those are real possibilities. I don't think I've ever had risotto made by someone else, so can't be sure if I like risotto or not.

I digress...

Perhaps the problem is the addition of white wine instead of sherry.

This certainly SMELLED good as it cooked, and it was surprisingly easy to make (one hears such horrors about making risotto, but it really wasn't bad at all). But I have to admit to being disappointed (especially since Lauren loves hers so much!)


  • 3 cups of any combo of beef broth and water (I used a can of broth (1-3/4c and the rest water)
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Half of a large onion, thinly sliced
  • Fresh thyme I used dried
  • 2 tablespoons sherry, to taste I used white wine because I needed to use it up or throw it out...
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Provolone or cheese of your choice, optional

In a medium saucepan, bring broth and water to a boil. Simmer on a low-medium heat.

Heat butter and olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes until tender.

Add rice, stir, and cook 1-2 minutes. Add about 1/2 cup broth mixture. Cook on a low-medium heat. When almost all the liquid is absorbed, add the next 1/2 cup. Continue adding broth, 1/2 cup at a time.Before adding the last 1/2 cup broth, stir in thyme and sherry. Cook with remaining broth until rice is done. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in cheese, if using.Makes about 4 small portions.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Sorry you didn't love it. :( I am just carb-obsessed and have only recently discovered risotto, so maybe I love it so much because it's new. :)

But I'm glad I came to your actual blog to leave you a comment, because I have been going crazy trying to figure out what "BAJ" meant, lol. Now I know!

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