Wild Mushroom Risotto with Roasted Beets
Yield: About 4 cups of risotto
The magic of risotto lies in the absorption of flavored liquids into the grain, and the creamy Parmesan sauce which is formed at the end of the process. Because the ingredients are so simple, yet so very important to the exquisiteness of the dish, be sure to use excellent quality ingredients.
- 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms Add to list
- 1 1/2 cups very hot water Add to list
- 1/4 cup fruity olive oil Add to list
- 1/4 cup minced shallots Add to list
- 1 cup sliced fresh chanterelles (or substitute crimini if chanterelles are unavailable) Add to list
- 1 cup Arborio rice Add to list
- 1/2 cup good dry white wine Add to list
- 3 to 4 cups flavorful chicken or vegetable broth Add to list
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped Add to list
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan Add to list
- Salt and pepper to taste Add to list
- Roasted Beets Add to list
Soak mushrooms in very hot water for 30 minutes. Clean off any floating debris from the surface of the soaking liquid and carefully scoop the mushrooms out with your fingers or a slotted spoon, being careful not to disturb any sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the bowl.
Pour the soaking liquid (now delicious mushroom broth) into a container, leaving the sediment behind. (You may do this step through cheesecloth if you like.) Chop porcini mushrooms finely.
In a heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat and cook shallots, porcinis and chanterelles until tender. From this point on, the pan will need constant watching.
Over medium-high heat add rice and stir constantly for 2 minutes. Add white wine and stir until absorbed into the grain. Pour in mushroom broth and cook until it is absorbed into the grain.
Add 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth, and stir until liquid is absorbed. Add an additional cup of the broth and stir, once again, until fully absorbed. Proceed in this fashion with remaining broth (reserving at least 1/2 cup), or until rice is cooked tender but firm. (You may not need to add all the broth; some Arborio rice absorbs less liquid than others.)
As the final step, stir in basil and remaining 1/2 cup of broth. This should make the grain a bit juicy. Immediately stir in Parmesan. The cheese will melt into the broth and form a creamy sauce around the rice.
Garnish with Roasted Beets.
Recipe by, PCC Chef