Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cooking: Mushroom Risotto

I love risotto so when I found this recipe, I had to try it.

Start with dried pecorino mushrooms, a packet is about $2.49. Add 1 c. hot water and re-hydrate the mushrooms. The woody wild mushrooms makes this dish have a wonderful mushroom flavor, the button mushrooms cannot possibly add.

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Heat 6 c. of chicken stock in a small pan on low.

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Meanwhile, melt 8 tablespoon of butter.

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Saute 2 oz. of pancetta, chopped. You can substitute 2 oz. of bacon instead. The bacon adds a depth of flavor to this dish.

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Add the onion, once the pancetta is browned. Saute for about 3 to 4 minutes until translucent. Add three garlic cloves.

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Next add both the button and chopped pecorino mushrooms to the mixture and sauté until mushrooms are tender.

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Add 1 1/2 c. risotto rice, Arborio and gently saute, making sure each rice is at least covered. Next add two ladles of chicken stock to the risotto mixture.

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Notice, the rice is very small.

Once the liquid is absorbed, add two more ladles to the risotto. This picture is the risotto mixture after about 5 minutes… the rice is bigger.

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The entire six cups should be added, two ladles at a time until used, about 10 to 15 minutes. Do not rush this stage, it takes time but oh it is so worth it.

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Once the last of the chicken stock is absorbed, add some Parmesan cheese.

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This dish is heavenly. Well worth the effort and good enough for a vegetarian main dish. Add a salad, a wonderful dinner for the middle of winter with plenty of flavor.

Mushroom Risotto

  • 2.5 oz pecorino mushrooms
  • 1 c. hot water
  • 2 oz. pancetta, or 2 slices of bacon
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onion, finely, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 c. button mushrooms, sliced.
  • 1 1/2 cups risotto rice, (arborio)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

6 comments:

  1. My first experience with risotto was at a restaurant in Little Italy, Baltimore about a month ago. We had lobster risotto and it was rich and delicious. I don't like mushrooms, but this sounded very good none the less!

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  2. looks yummy...If I lived at your house I would weigh 500 lbs. LOL

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  3. This is one of my favorite dishes.. yummy!!!!

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  4. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!
    happy days are here again, the skies above are clear again....da da da da da da da da da happy days are here again!!!

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