Mushroom Risotto

April 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

Checked the fridge last night and found to my amazement some slightly dry swiss brown mushrooms and a bunch of spring onions.

Mushroom risotto it was.  I love the therapeutic process of constantly stirring the pot, or if others who like to ask “is there anything I can do to help”, they can be given this to do, freeing you up to fill your glasses of wine, organise some nice music etc.

3 large swiss brown mushrooms, finely chopped

1 small packet porcini mushrooms

Zest of one lemon

1 bunch spring onions finely chopped (reserve tops for making stock)

1 litre vegetable or chicken stock (I used a Massel stock cube)

60g butter

50g Finely grated parmesan

2 glasses dry white wine (1 for the pot, 1 for the chef)

250g arborio rice

I bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped.

Soak the dried porcinis in warm water for at least 20 mins. Reserve the water.  This adds to the flavour.

Heat stock and add spring onion tops.  Let this simmer for a while to extract the onion flavour. When ready to begin cooking the rice, strain the stock into another pot.

On a medium heat, melt butter in large saucepan, add finely chopped spring onions and saute until soft.

Add rice and stir until all grains are coated with the butter.

Add the wine and stir until it has all been absorbed.

Add the reserved porcini water, and one ladle of stock.  Chop the soaked porcinis and add these and the other chopped mushrooms.

When stock has been aborbed, continue to add stock one ladle at a time, only adding more when the rice has absorbed this completely.

Continue this process for around 20 to 25 minutes until rice is just tender.  Take the pot off the heat, stir through another knob of butter, the grated parmesan and the Italian parsley and lemon zest and let it stand, covered for around 5 minutes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and shave some extra parmesan over with a veg peeler.

If there’s any white wine left, fill your glass(es) and enjoy the fruits of your labours.  If there’s no wine left, open another one!

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