Mushroom Risottooooo

Every recipe says the same thing for risotto, It takes time and a little work but it is so worth the end result
This recipe is no different. This came out so good I surprised myself!
The garnish is chives, parm, mushrooms and Arugula so you see what is in it before you eat it. You eat with your eyes first right? AND mushroom risotto or any Risotto really is not all that beautiful alone.
1 Cup Arborio Rice
3 Cups fresh mushrooms chopped (Crimini quartered & Shitake sliced for texture variation) save a few for garnish
1 Cup dried mushrooms reconstituted (optional! I wanted a nice assortment if you don’t have the dried just use 1 more cup fresh)
5 Cups homemade Stock (vegetable or chicken)
1/4 cup onion chopped
1 large garlic clove minced
3 Tbls Oilve Oil
3 Tbls Butter
3 Tbls chopped chives
2 Cups grated fresh Parmigano Riggiano (Not optional this makes the dish)
1 Cup Arugula chopped or torn

*Boil about 2 cups of water and turn off, add the dried mushrooms let stand for about 20 min to plump them back up. (this again is optional I had them & wanted a variety but this will be just as good without)
*Drain the mushrooms out and set them aside
*Filter the broth from the reconstituted mushrooms through a paper towel to remove any grit & set aside.
*Chop the fresh mushrooms different sizes, the Crimini hold up pretty well during cooking and have a nice contrast to the Shitake and the rice, once cooked.
*In a sauce pan heat up the stock & the mushroom broth. You want to add hot stock as you are cooking the risotto.
*In a large saute pan, Saute the onions and garlic until translucent in 3 tablespoons Olive Oil & 1 Tablespoon butter, adding more butter as is absorbs (about 3 Tbls total).
*Add in the Arborio Rice and cook with onions & garlic for 5 minutes on Med/High heat.
Here is the important part! You need to stay right on front of the pot stirring constantly while adding stock, this may take 30 to 40 minutes depending on your cooktop.
*1/4 cup at a time add stock to the rice and let it absorb completely before adding the next 1/4 cup, stirring constantly.
*As you add the stock it will absorb slower and slower. This takes about 30 minutes.
*The rice should be AL DENTE not mush. Taste it as you get close to the end of the cooking.
*Once it is done stir in the cheese, chives and Arugula, This adds  freshness, salt & green color to an otherwise brown dish.
Be sure to garnish with a little of each ingredient to make it look beautiful!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Desi Chick
    May 03, 2012 @ 14:26:45

    Looks delectable. Have you ever used the rind of the Parmigano Riggiano cheese in with the rice as you keep stirring and cooking for the risotto? I’ve put it in soups before and it’s an incredible flavor enhancer and was wondering if anybody else has used it in something like a risotto (like you) – along with the fresh grated cheese I mean.


    • foodashion
      May 03, 2012 @ 14:30:43

      Funny you should say that, I just saw someone do that on a cooking show and I saved my rinds in the freezer! I have not done it but I want to. Question for you, Does it just melt into the soup? Does it get gooey at all??? I just used the grated for this and it was even better at Breakfast. This was a Show-Stopper in the Flavor Category.


      • Desi Chick
        May 03, 2012 @ 14:45:13

        MMMMM. I’ve not made risotto in a while because of the time factor but you’ve inspired me. It does melt and gets gooey but a portion still remains and you can fish it out or chew through it. It really adds a lot of creaminess and depth of flavor. I thought about the creaminess in terms of the risotto and wondered if you’d tried it.

  2. Jasmine Pahl
    May 03, 2012 @ 14:57:01

    Aroooooooo!!!! You ‘re speaking my language girl! Can’t think of anything I would enjoy more than a mushroom and arugula risotto with a little glass of red wine. I have a pretty spotty risotto making record to tell you the truth but this post may give me the courage to try, try again!


    • foodashion
      May 03, 2012 @ 15:30:55

      GREAT! DO IT!! I’ll tell you my trick is to keep tasting it as you get about 3/4 of the way through so it doesn’t end up mush. it was awesome for breakfast the next day. The arugula was really a last minute thought. I wanted to make it a little prettier then just brown so I literally spooned out a little and stuck a piece of arugula on it to see if it would taste good and it was perfect haha there is no precision in my dishes, mostly LUCK!


  3. frugalfeeding
    May 03, 2012 @ 20:03:11

    That looks great! What a gorgeous colour.


  4. Photo Media
    May 04, 2012 @ 13:52:06

    Looks sooo good…nice shots !


  5. sybaritica
    May 27, 2012 @ 10:31:51

    I love the mushroom blend!


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