Yesterday I was checking my photo library in my phone and I totally forgot that I took some pictures of a food I prepared before I went to Finland. I found there photos of four of my recipes so now I have to write about all of them. Today I will start with this risotto recipe.
I think I love every kind of risotto (surprise surprise) but this one I prepare more often. The combination of white wine, fresh champignons, herbs and parmesan cheese is just scrumptious. When I don´t have any fresh mushrooms I usually use dried oak mushrooms. If you don´t like any kind of mushrooms you can even subtitute them for raddicchio (Italian chicory) which is a great combination and I really recommend it. If I had any raddicchio right now I would definitely prepare this version. But let´s get back to this mushroom risotto. For authenticity of this recipe, use Arborio rice or any other Italian type of rice used just for risottos. The tip I have read somewhere is NEVER wash the rice because every bit of the rice starch helps make risotto creamy. And my own tip: fresh herbs. Always. This time I used fresh rosemary.
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- 2 cups fresh champignons, sliced
- 1 smaller onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of chicken stock
- 2 tbs butter
- olive oil
- 1/3 cup of dry white wine
- fresh herbs (rosemary)
- salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
- Heat the oil in a saucepan or frying pan over a medium heat. Add onion and garlic, then fry for about 4 mins until soft. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauté for about 2 minutes.
- Add the rice and rosemary into the pan and and start to toast it and stirring frequently. Pour over the wine and let it bubble to nothing so the alcohol evaporates.
- Add the chicken stock, 1/3 cup at a time, stirring enough to keep the rice from sticking to the edges of the pan. Stir the rice almost constantly until the rice has absorbed all the liquid. Add the same amount of stock again and continue to simmer and stir. It should start to become creamy and tender. By the time the final quarter of stock is added, the rice should be almost cooked. Continue stirring until the rice is cooked. (If the rice is still undercooked, add a splash of water).
- Remove from heat, and stir in butter and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.