Risotto is definitely some kind of comfort food for me - the creaminess, the deliciousness, even if i don't make it the "proper" way with all the butter and cheese...
Jamie showed me a mushroom and leek risotto that i'm dying to try, but for now i'm making my tried and tested mushie risotto.
SO autumn means that mushrooms are back in season, or at least in this seasonless world, mushrooms are not only available, but they look great, are heavy, white and not wrinkly :D I'm home sick at the moment, so i stumbled down the road to the market and bought some mushies :)
Ingredients to serve 2-3 hungry folk :)
- butter, extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 3-4 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 cup risotto rice - i used Carnaroli (Arborio or Vialone Nano are also good)
- a glass of dry white wine
- 2 and a bit cups (Double the amount of rice you have, plus a bit extra) good veggie or chicken stock
- about 400g Mushrooms, a variety if you have, but plain button/cup mushrooms will do :) ***
- Some fresh sage
- salt, pepper (i actually didn't need to add salt today as stock was a little strong hehe)
- Grated cheese - I'm using grana today :)
- Truffle oil, to garnish (optional)
Keep the stock warm and slighly simmering in a small saucepan.
As per the "***" fry up the jar of mushies till golden, then set aside for later.
|See the *** for notes about these mushies :)|
|Deliciously buttery/oily onions, to coat the rice evenly :)|
Turn the heat up at this point and add the glass of wine, (woo enjoy the sizzzzzle!) stirring well until it's all absorbed and rice has gone nice and creamy.
|sizzleee says vino! XD|
When you've added about a third of the stock, add the sliced fresh mushrooms, mixing in well. While you wait for the stock absorb this time, cover with a lid to allow the mushrooms to cook a little.
|just after i added the mushrooms in.|
|note how the mushrooms have shrunk a little...|
I think traditionally, this is where you add another knob of butter and stir in really well, to help with the creaminess. But you don't really need it, it's still good without it, however it does make risotto extra creamy and rich, so i'd do that if i was making it for a dinner party :)
When the rice doesn't have the crunch anymore, give it a good stir, turn off, cover and leave to sit for 10 minutes before serving. Trust me it's worth the wait!
When ready to serve, place into plates (or bowls which is what i do when they aren't all in the dishwasher :P), and top with a sprinkle of truffle infused oil. Serve with a good grated cheese :)