Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Birthday Risotto

Jim requested mushroom risotto if we didn't go out to eat.  As it so happens he caught whatever bug I caught and wasn't feeling well.  He wanted to come home and have some comfort food.

Mushroom Risotto adapted from Tyler Florence.


  • 4 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 onion, diced, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 pound fresh portobello and crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped (can use spice from jar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
  • 1-ounce dried porcini mushrooms, wiped of grit
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese and Parmesan Regiano grated
  • Fresh Italian parsley, for garnish


Pour one cup of broth into a bowl and heat till warm in microwave (30 - 45 sec.).  Put porcini mushrooms in that bowl and cover with saran wrap for 10 mins.  Drain excess water into pot of broth water mixter.

Heat the chicken broth and water in a medium saucepan and keep warm over low heat.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1/2 onion and 1 clove garlic, cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the fresh mushrooms, herbs and butter. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes until lightly browned, season with salt and pepper. Drizzle in truffle oil then add the dried porcini mushrooms which were reconstituted in1 cup of warm chicken broth. Season again with salt and fresh cracked pepper. Saute 1 minute then remove from heat and set aside.

Coat a saucepan with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Saute the remaining 1/2 onion and garlic clove. Add the rice and stir quickly until it is well-coated and opaque, 1 minute. This step cooks the starchy coating and prevents the grains from sticking. Stir in wine and cook until it is nearly all evaporated.

Now, with a ladle, add 1 cup of the warm broth and cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed the liquid. Add the remaining broth, 1 cup at a time. Continue to cook and stir, allowing the rice to absorb each addition of broth before adding more.

The risotto should be slightly firm and creamy, not mushy. Transfer the mushrooms to the rice mixture. Stir in Parmesan cheese, cook briefly until melted. Serve with Top with Parmesan and chopped parsley.

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