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Mushroom Risotto

   

Mushroom Lover's Risotto
Mushroom Lover’s Delight – Risotto with four different kinds of mushrooms

This is my first time cooking risotto, a traditional Italian rice dish. So while the result is not perfect (I think it should be a little bit more watery in consistency), I think it isn’t too shabby for the first time. The taste is good. In fact, this is my second time eating risotto too (first time, I bought instant risotto so I guess that doesn’t count :P) I’ve yet to order risotto outside but I intend to, one day, just for my personal research & comparison. Although I’ve never eaten risotto cooked by a professional before I attempted cooking it at home, I’ve seen countless recipes about risotto and hence I was keen of giving it a go. I think this will be another staple on our dinner table. I can’t wait to try other variants of risotto so more risotto recipes to come :)

Mushroom Lover's Risotto
4 mushrooms for my mushroom risotto – shitake, hon shimeiji, white oyster & willow.

Tips for cooking risotto
– Use risotto rice such as arborio (most common), Carnaroli or Vialone Nano. They are high starch, medium grain rice.
– Do not wash rice before cooking, it will wash away the starch that makes risotto so blissfully creamy.
– Use hot stock for adding to the risotto. If you run out of stock, add boiling water.
– Add stock by the ladle & stir continuously till it is fully absorbed by the rice, before adding the next ladle.
– Perfectly cooked rice is rich and creamy but still with some resistance or bite: al dente, and with separate grains.
– After the rice is cooked, take the risotto off the heat, put a lid on and leave the risotto to relax for about 3 minutes before serving.

Ingredients
(Serves 2)

Risotto recipe from Jamie Oliver’s basic risotto recipe, mushroom recipe my own

(A) Mushrooms
– 150g of assorted cut mushrooms (do not use button mushrooms)
– knob of butter & 1/2 tbsp olive oil
– some parsley
– freshly cracked black pepper

(B) Risotto
– 400ml hot chicken stock (can substitute with vegetable stock to make this vegetarian)
– 1 cup (150g) unwashed arborio rice
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– sea salt
– 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
– 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
– 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
– 1 glass dry white wine
– 30g grated parmesan cheese
– 30g butter

Mushroom Lover's Risotto

Directions

(A) Mushrooms
Melt butter in pan. Add olive oil. Add mushrooms to pan and fry till they are cooked and have absorbed the butter. Add parsley, black pepper and toss evenly. Set aside on a plate.

(B) Risotto
1. In a heated pan, add olive oil. Saute the celery, onions and garlic over low flame without colouring/burning till everything is soft (about 10 minutes).
2. Add rice and turn up the heat. Add the white wine and keep stirring till the wine has cooked into the rice. The alcohol will be evaporated, leaving behind the aroma of the wine.
3. Turn down the heat. Add your first ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt. Turn down the heat to a simmer.
4. Add stock one ladle at a time, stirring continuously until each ladle of stock is absored. Use boiling water if you run out of stock.
5. Carry on adding stock until the rice is soft but with a slight bite. This will take around 25-30 minutes.
6. Take the risotto off the heat and check the seasoning. Stir in the butter and the parmesan. You want it to be creamy and oozy in texture, so add a bit more stock if you think it needs it. Put a lid on and leave the risotto to relax for about 3 minutes.

Plating
Serve the cooked risotto in a dish and topped the risotto with the previously cooked mushrooms (A). Sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese, freshly chopped parsley (I didn’t have fresh on that day so I use dried) and extra virgin olive oil.

Mushroom Lover's Risotto
Mushroom Risotto

                                           

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51 Responses to “Mushroom Risotto”

  1. daphne — September 4, 2009 @ 6:11 pm

    wiffy- your first time risotto cooking is excellent. mine turned out rubbish! =)

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  2. HoppingHammy — September 4, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

    I’ve never had risotto before, but you make it looks so creamy I want to taste it! Amazing first try…..better then my 100th attempt would probably look. :P Cute mushrooms!

    And randomness, but everytime I hear of “risotto”, I think of Chef Gordon Ramsey yelling, “There is no crab in my crab risotto!” (on his Hell’s Kitchen show) hehehe

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    • wiffy replied: — September 8th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

      I wish they invented the technology to email food over ;) I’m surprised you watched Hell’s Kitchen, I watched a few episodes myself :halo:

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  3. pigpigscorner — September 5, 2009 @ 4:47 am

    Love mushroom risotto! so simple yet so flavourful, no need other ingredients.

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  4. Susan — September 7, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    Wiffy, this is not only a joy to contemplate eating, but also on pure aesthetics. I have a box of assorted “exotic” ‘shrooms which I have yet to use. Hope they don’t go grotty before I can make this. I am SO impressed. : )

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    • wiffy replied: — September 8th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

      You’re too kind Susan :halo: Thanks for your encouragement :)

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  5. food-4tots — September 7, 2009 @ 1:30 am

    Haven’t tried risotto before. Your dish inspires me to try it out now. Looks so delicious!

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    • wiffy replied: — September 8th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

      Have fun with cooking risotto! Can’t wait to check out your version ;)

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  6. petite nyonya — September 7, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

    I’ve tried cooking risotto only once a while back. I think yours look really good and I like yr version of using an assortment of mushrooms as I love mushrooms.

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  7. darren — November 2, 2009 @ 12:13 am

    It looks good! where can I buy the rice for risotto?

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    • wiffy replied: — November 2nd, 2009 @ 12:58 am

      Hi darren, you can get the arborio rice at the supermarket @ Ion Orchard, as well as selected Cold Storage and Jasons. Hope you find it! :)

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  8. Christine — November 11, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    Hi,

    I’ve made this twice using your recipe and the risotto has turned out marvellous. Can I have permission to post this recipe on my blog? I will give reference to your blog. Thanks.

    regards,
    christine

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    • wiffy replied: — November 11th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

      Yes you may post this at your blog but I would really appreciate it if you cite the source (i.e. recipe taken from NoobCook.com with a link back to this recipe). Thank you! Where’s your blog btw? :)

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  9. Christine — November 12, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

    Haha I copied and pasted the recipe from your blog and cited your blog as the source as well as to view the nice pictures you took.

    My blog is non food related. =) shopaholicjuan.multiply.com

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    • wiffy replied: — November 12th, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

      Oh that’s so sweet of you! Thank you! And nice blog you have there :)

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  10. Veresia — January 3, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    Risotto is an amazing dish to make at home. It’s time consuming, as you need to constantly watch the pot, but it’s very simple. From the picture, that looks like you had the consistency right, so I wouldn’t try for anything much creamier than that.

    One thing I did notice is that the rice looks “depressed” as my mother calls it. While risotto is similar to oatmeals and other such recipes, the grain should still be fluffy and light underneath all of that creamy richness. The way I’ve been taught to achieve that is to -not- stir the rice. All you want to do is fluff it with a fork while it’s cooking to evenly distribute the heat without letting the bottom burn. That way the grains wont get soggy from over mixing.

    Of course, that’s just a matter of opinion! Obviously, cooking is about the heart you bring to the meal! :)

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    • wiffy replied: — January 4th, 2010 @ 11:44 am

      Hi Veresia, thanks for sharing your tips about risotto! :-) It’s interesting to learn the trick of “fluffing it with a fork” instead of the traditional way of “stirring” … I’ll give it a go the next time! I have plans to make some oven baked risotto soon too, I’m curious to see how that will turn out. :-)

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