Caramelized Onion Risotto With Corn & Bacon

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 30m
Ready In

"Risotto always takes some time to stir constantly. This variation takes a little more time to prepare because of how you cook the corn. But it's so worth it. This make 6-8 first-course or 4 main-course servings."

Original recipe yields 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (617.8 g)
  • Calories 581.5
  • Total Fat - 24.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12 g
  • Cholesterol - 59 mg
  • Sodium - 1748.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 75.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.4 g
  • Sugars - 9.2 g
  • Protein - 15.6 g
  • Calcium - 102.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Light a grill or preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 2

Grill or roast the corn in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the kernels are tender. Let cool slightly, then remove the husks and cut the kernels off the cob into a bowl; reserve the cobs.

Step 3

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large nonreactive saucepan. Add the sliced onions and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until caramelized, about 25 minutes.

Step 4

Add to the corn kernels.

Step 5

Add the bacon to the saucepan and cook over high heat, stirring, until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Step 6

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.

Step 7

In another large saucepan, bring the chicken stock and corn cobs just to a boil; keep warm.

Step 8

Meanwhile, heat the bacon fat.

Step 9

In a food processor, finely chop the onion, carrot and celery.

Step 10

Add to the bacon fat and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes.

Step 11

Add the rice and stir until evenly coated with fat.

Step 12

Add the white wine and stir constantly until almost all of the liquid has been absorbed, about 2 minutes.

Step 13

Stir in the corn, sliced onions and bacon.

Step 14

Add 1/2 cup of the chicken stock to the rice and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until absorbed. Continue adding stock, about 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until absorbed before adding more. Cook until the rice is just tender, about 25 minutes.

Step 15

Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper.

Step 16

If the risotto is too sticky, add a little more stock.

Step 17

Serve, garnished with chervil sprigs.

Step 18

NOTE: To prepare corn for grilling, pull back the husks and remove the silk. Pull the husks back up over the corn and soak briefly.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.