Recipe: Wild Mushroom Risotto

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Last week, I received my first of three mushroom shipments from  Marx Foods.  I was so excited to have fresh mushrooms to play around with, and my very first foray into these mycological beauties was a wild mushroom risotto.   Risotto takes a lot of stove-watching and a little improvisation, but if a cooking novice like myself can handle it, so can you! You will need:

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Olive oil
1 lb fresh mushrooms
1 shallot
2 cups of Arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine

6 cups of chicken broth
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Chives, 5 tbsp chopped

4 tbsp butter

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1. Select and chop your mushrooms.
I chosethe fried chicken (far left) and yellowfoot (far right) mushrooms for this recipe.  They were flavorful enough to stand on their own, yet did not compete with each other.

2. Saute the mushrooms in olive oil until tender.  Set sauteed mushrooms aside.

3. Finely chop shallot. Saute over medium heat in 1 tbsp olive oil until translucent.

4. Add Arborio rice to shallots and stir until rice is coated with olive oil.  When the rice takes on a pale golden color, add the white wine.  Keep stirring!

5. Once wine is absorbed, add chicken broth in 1/2 cup increments, stirring constantly.  Every time the 1/2 cup of broth is absorbed, add another 1/2 cup until rice is al dente. Keep stirring! It should take 15-20 minutes.  You may not use all 6 cups.

6.  Turn off stove.  Add mushrooms, butter and chives to cooked rice and combine.  Note: Yes, that’s a lot of butter.  You don’t have to add all of it.  But then, it won’t taste nearly as good. Consider yourself warned.

7.  Add Parmesan and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

I must admit – this risotto is GOOOD.  (How could it not be though – Would you like some carbs with that butter?).  I had some for dinner, midnight snack, breakfast and afternoon snack.  Then I ran out, and I was sad.  Try it and let me know what you think!

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    November 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    OMG that looks delicious!!

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    the southern hostess
    November 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Yum! Perfect for a cold, rainy day.

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    November 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I've always wanted to make risotto! This is a must try recipe.

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    November 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I love risotto – perfect for a crisp, fall day. Too bad it's been in the high 70s and low 80s here on the left coast 🙂 Maybe in a few weeks – looks delish!

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    November 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    WOW, yum!!! I'm going to have to try this soon.

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living
    November 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Oh my please send some over this way – it looks amazing!

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    Try Anything Once Terri
    November 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    I love risotto! I'm making butternut squash risotto this weekend, I think. I will have to try this one!

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    November 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    OMG, I'm dying. That looks seriously amazing, and what a great way to use your mushrooms!!

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    Ren- Lady Of The Arts
    November 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Great photos-

    I love making mushroom risotto- I make is so often that I don't follow a recipe anymore- but I do like to add a dash of lemon and lemon zest and sometimes (if I have them) leeks-

    Anyway- I posted about my fav mushroom shop yesterday- here is the link if you are interested in taking a look:

    I want to add that to make risotto you need to add LOTS and LOTS of LOVE! (Another word for patience really or at least that is what I tell myself when I deal with my monkeys)

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    Ali @ His Birdie's Nest
    November 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    This look delicious! I need to get some fancy mushrooms and give this a try 🙂

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    November 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Take it from Sister Nosh – it was delishcrumpchamazing, and I cried a little when my portion was finished.. These pictures make me miss it more.

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    M and C
    November 4, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Yum! I add leeks to mine. So good.

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    November 4, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    oh i love mushroom risotto, and this one looks like it tops them all!

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    November 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    If you ate it for all three meals, it must be good! 😀 YUMM!

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa
    November 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!!! So perfect for a cold, rainy day like this.

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    November 5, 2010 at 1:21 am

    This recipe has all of my favorite things in it! Not sure if I would try it myself (I'm scared of attempting risotto), but I think I can try to convince hubby to attempt it!

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    November 5, 2010 at 5:40 am

    Mmmm…that looks very delicious. I would love to try. Would be so good int his cold weather with all the wine there 😀 Thanks very much for dropping by while I was away. Hope you have a great day!

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    November 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I LOVE mushroom risotto! This recipe looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing. It's going on my must cook list 🙂

    Happy Friday!

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    November 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous. I love the very first one with the colorful stripes!! Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂

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    November 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    So, these mushroom shipments … I would like that. How does one get mushroom shipments?

    In the meantime, I will make this. The pictures demand it.

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    November 9, 2010 at 4:26 am

    wow check out that butter!!!!! must be good

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