Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Mushroom Risotto

I decided to give making risotto a whirl.
I've made the stuff from a box before but that's not the same.
I must say that the risotto I purchased had odd directions. It basically instructed you to cook the risotto as you would rice and then add cream. (what??) The whole point of risotto is that it is a naturally creamy grain when cooked properly- it should need no actual cream in it.

Let's move on to how I prepared it.

I began by sauteing my mushrooms. I added my risotto into the pot with the mushrooms and let it cook for a bit without any liquid (to infuse the mushroom flavor a bit).

I added just enough veggie broth to submerge the rice (about 2 ladles full). I waited until the rice had soaked up the liquid then I repeated the process again. I wasn't counting (or measuring, as per usual) but I think I added liquid (2 ladles full) about 4 times.
At the end, I chopped up a large handful of fresh parsley, threw it in and let it cook for about 2 minutes.

Here's the result.

Homemade Mushroom Risotto

Richard had never tried Risotto before and he gobbled it up. I guess that means he liked it haha. I think next time I'll use some dried mushrooms and add the water I used to re-hydrate them as some of the broth for the Risotto (I want it to taste a little more like mushrooms).

Tonight is FAMILY VEG night!

Have a good day :)



Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Whoa - I must have just clicked back in time for you to post - I was just on your site a minute ago and you didn't have this up yet. Looks great - I've only tried making risotto once.

I see you read Trent's site too - woo hoo to useless gossip!! It's such an addiction for me.


pinknest said...

mushroom risotto is one of my favorite kind of risottos!! yours looks awesome. except i'm too hot and sweaty to be eating such indulgences right now.

Urban Vegan said...

Que bello risotto. Mushroom is my favorite. You'll never go back to the box.

Anonymous said...

This looks really delicious. I want to put that on the agenda for a future family veg night!


Melody said...

That looks so good.. those look like fresh shitake mushrooms... my favorite! I hope you had a nice family veg night. Your parents are so cool.

KleoPatra said...

Mmmmmmmmmm! So nice! Love risotto, love mushrooms. Hope Family Night goes great! You have such cool parents, i'm sure it will be loads o'fun. Check in later maybe, no?

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I've never made risotto from a box and you're right - just adding cream at the end is just plain cheating. The whole thing about making risotto is the patience it takes for constantly stirring until it's done. It's a food of love thing ;-)

karen said...

Teddy- this looks fabulous! Risotto is sooo good. I love mushrooms- I buy 1-2 containers of fresh per week... White and cremini, but I've never tried the dried ones, supposed to be very good...

Hoya Salamui said...

I like mushroom risotto. This looks really delicious.

Dori said...

Could you pass some of that risotto my way please. Thanks.... mushrooms looks wonderful!

Shananigans said...

I’ve only made risotto a couple of times, spinach with slices of butternut squash. It’s a good dish for the chillier months. All that stirring does take a lot of patience but it’s worth it in the end. This looks wonderful, I might give it a try with creminis and dried shitake.

Veggies,Yarns & Tails said...

Rice and mushrooms yummmm....two of my favorite things, big time!!!! Looks yummy Teddy.

Huggs, G

PS Ive got a carrot cake in the oven, can you smell it.....LOL...wouldn't that be great if we could at least enjoy the aroma of all the yummy blog food photos? How would that be for a plug in??????

Anonymous said...

This looks incredible. I too have yet to try risotto but I think I'll definitely be giving it a whirl now.