Mushroom Risotto

  • 1 cup Arborio Rice
  • 1/4 cup Good White Wine (no cheap stuff here!) at room temperature
  • 2 TBS virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup thinly sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of assorted dried mushrooms (costco carries them)
  • 4 cups of chicken broth/stock
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese or 3 cheese combo with asiago & romano
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • thyme, chives, dried parsley, S&P all to taste
  • 1 TBS
  • chopped fresh parsley

Preparation:

First and Foremost…..PATIENCE….this will take 25-30 mins of stirring.  DO NOT RUSH THE PROCESS….the constant stirring will drive you “stir crazy” but it is worth the time!!

  1. Take the dry mushrooms and clean under warm water in collendar. Heat 3 cups of H2O in microwave and then put mushrooms in to reconstitute for app 5 minutes.  Drain and coarsely chop and put aside.
  2. Take white mush, clean and thinly slice…put aside
  3. pour 4 cups of chix broth/stock in saucepan and heat over low heat.
  4. in large pot, put 2TBS virgin oil and garlic and saute till garlic is light brown.  Add white mush and saute app 3-5 minutes.  Take reconstituted mush, seasonings (parsley, thyme & chive) & 1/2 ladle of chix stock and stir until stock absorbed.  Now use slotted spoon and take mushroom mixture and put into bowl and set aside.
  5. Now comes the fun part….(yeah, right..!!)  Take the rice and add it to the pot where the mushrooms just came from and cook them, constantly stirring, until they havw a golden color.  Add the wine, and stir until absorbed.  Now, put one ladle of stock into pot and stir until mostly absorbed.  Repeat this until stock is used up continually stirring.  DO NOT RUSH THIS PROCESS!!!!
  6. Once the stock is used, add the mushrooms and stir into rice mixture.  Then add the cheese, butter and cream and stir.  Season to taste.  Once all is mixed in, turn off heat and then put into bowl.  Add parsley on top and serve immediately!!!
  7. The secret, once again, is “PATIENCE”…if you rush the process the rice will taste hard and crunchy instead of soft and creamy!
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