Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Nothing warms your belly and fills you up like a bowl of rich and creamy mushroom risotto. This risotto by Bell’alimento is brimming with crispy mushrooms and is just what you need on a cold winter day.

Risotto is the perfect fall/winter dish. It will warm you from head to toe with its creamy goodness. It’s strong enough to be the main course or it’s a spectacular supporting side dish. Mushroom risotto is a classic. It’s typically made by mixing in the mushrooms during the stirring process, but we’ve taken the liberty of shaking things up a bit by crisping (browning) sliced Portobello mushrooms in a bath of sautéed butter first and then adding it to the top of the finished risotto. I think this gives it even more mushroom flavor, which of course is the goal.

Creamy Mushroom Risotto by Bellalimento

You can use a chicken stock or go with a vegetable (or mushroom stock) to make it vegetarian. IF you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, you can always make Arancini!

Risotto with Crispy Mushrooms

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
16 ounces fresh mushrooms – sliced
kosher salt/black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion – minced
2 cups arborio rice
6 cups vegetable/chicken stock
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Directions:
1. Into a saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until crispy around edges. Stirring as necessary. Set aside.

2. Into a large sauce pan and oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add rice, stir continually until rice changes color ever so slightly and is coated well with oil. Stir constantly so you do not let your onions or rice burn.

3. Reduce heat to low, add in about 1/2 cup of stock and stir continually. Season with salt. Once stock has reduced add another ladle of stock. Continue this process until your risotto is al dente {approx 30 minutes}

4. Remove from heat, check for seasoning, adjust if necessary. Stir in Parmigiano Reggiano.

5. Top risotto with crispy mushrooms and garnish with fried sage leaves if desired.





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