Saturday, 14 June 2014

Risotto with Mushrooms

Once you have mastered the pattern for making risotto there is really no need at all to consult recipes. However, with my habit of turning over the pages of cookery books, I am always finding other recipes that I think I might try out just in case the slight difference might give a worthwhile variation.  This mushroom risotto was different only in the fact that it cooked the mushrooms first and added them later in the cooking process.

I took 1/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms and soaked them in a little more than a cup of boiling water. They were left to soak while I continued with the remainder of the dish.

I sliced 150g button mushrooms and sauteed them in 30g butter and a little olive oil. When they had browned they were taken off the heat, a little lemon juice was added and some chopped parsley. This was put aside.

In the same pan that the mushrooms had been cooked I added another 30g butter with some more olive oil. A chopped onion was added and cooked until soft. A cup of arborio rice went in and was stirred around until it was well coated with the oils.

The dried mushrooms were drained and the water saved. The porcini water was added to stock gently simmering on the stove. The mushrooms, both dried and fried, were added to the rice. I also added some oyster mushrooms that were left over from another dish. Once everything was well mixed in the pan 1/3 cup white wine was stirred in until it was absorbed.

Now began the final process of adding a ladle of the simmering stock to the rice. When it was almost absorbed another ladle went in and so on until the rice was done. The heat was turned off and about a tablespoon butter was added and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese stirred in. The risotto was covered and left to stand for a minute or two before serving.

Mushrooms are perfect in risotto. Their rich, rather meaty flavour works so well with the rice.

Ease of cooking: 

There was risotto left over so the following evening it was formed into rissole shapes, dipped in flour, then beaten egg and finally breadcrumbs. It was shallow fried to make tasty, crunchy coated rissoles to have with vegetables.

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