This recipe just seemed like fall to me, so I was game to try it. It was super tasty and not as heavy as a lot of other risotto recipes. I also thought that it was really complex with lots of flavors and textures. Here is the link to the recipe: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000002012794
First, I chopped up the walnuts and preheated the oven to 400 degrees.
Then I laid out the walnuts on a small tray and baked them for about five minutes.
After the walnuts baked, I mixed them with brown sugar and pepper.
Then I poured the melted butter over the mix and set the bowl aside.
While the walnuts were baking, I chopped up the squash.
I then tossed the squash with olive oil, laid out the squash on the pan.
I then baked the squash for about 15 minutes. While the squash was baking, I combined the chicken stock and water and brought the mix to a simmer.
Next, I chopped the turkey bacon. The recipe calls for pancetta, but I rarely actually buy pancetta and I usually just use bacon.
I cooked the bacon for about five minutes and then added the onions and cooked for a few more minutes.
At about this point, the squash was done, so I took it out of the oven, mixed with the garlic and set aside.
Then I returned to the stove. I added the risotto to the skillet and cooked for a few minutes. Then I added lemon juice. The recipe called for chardonnay, but I didn’t have any in the house and I didn’t want to buy more because I don’t drink wine and I didn’t want it to go bad.
After the lemon juice had mostly been absorbed, I started adding the chicken broth mix a half-cup at a time.
I stirred the risotto constantly until each half-cup of broth was mostly absorbed. It took about 20 minutes until the risotto was nice and creamy. Then I added the thyme, lemon zest and squash to the risotto.
After reheating the squash, I poured the contents of the skillet into a big bowl. I sprinkled the walnuts and the parmesan cheese over the risotto.
Finally, I mixed in the nuts and the cheese and served. It was delicious!