March 12, 2012

Meatless Monday: Mushroom Risotto

Ri·sot·to:  An Italian dish of rice cooked in stock with other ingredients.

You know a recipe is a winner when you don't want to share the end result.  This was the case with my mushroom risotto.  I finally caved and divided it evenly between four plates.  Note to self:  Next time double the recipe in hope of having leftovers. 


Making risotto is not difficult.  It just requires time and constant attention as hot liquid is added to the pot 1/2 cup at a time. 

  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 
  • 1 c. chicken stock, boiling (you'll need 4 c. total)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (you'll need 3 Tbsp. total)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced (a mixture of cremini, shiitake and oyster is great...portobellas will work nicely, too, if your access to fancy mushrooms is limited)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped (I use jarred garlic...actually, the big vat from Costco)
  • 1/2 t. dried thyme (or 1 t. fresh thyme) 
  • 1 c. arborio rice 
  • 1/2 c. white wine 
  • 3 c. chicken stock, warm
  • 1 Tbsp. butter 
  • 1/2 c. fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated (Don't use the canned stuff.  Really).  Click HERE for the 4-1-1 on my awesome grater.
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1/3 c. fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

  • Cover the dried porcini mushrooms in 1 c. of chicken stock that has been brought to a boil, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the fresh sliced mushrooms and saute until tender for 10 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme and saute for 1 minute.
  • Remove the soaking (previously dried) mushrooms from the stock and squeeze to drain, reserving all of the liquid.
  • Chop the soaked mushrooms and add them to the pot.
  • Add the rice and toast until translucent, 1-3 minutes (this cooks the starchy coating and prevents the rice from sticking).
  • Add the white wine, cook while stirring until the wine has disappeared.
  • Mix the stock that the mushrooms were soaked in with the remaining stock and heat to simmer, not boiling (in a pot separate from the rice).
  • With a ladle or measuring cup, add 1/2 cup of warm stock to the pot while stirring until it has absorbed.  Add the remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time.  (DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM THE POT - Keep stirring). 
  • Taste test - risotto should be tender, not crunchy.
  • Stir in remaining butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano and cook briefly until melted.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Top with chopped parsley before serving.  

For the side dish, I sauteed one chopped onion with two small zucchinis for about five minutes in olive oil.  Then I added one chopped tomato, a sprinkle of oregano and salt and pepper and cooked for about two more minutes.  Yum!

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! 

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