Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Summary

Yield
Servings
Prep time30 minutes
CourseRice First Course
CuisineItalian

Description

Porcini mushrooms (Boletus edulis 美味牛肝菌) were already appreciated as a delicacy by the ancient Romans. In this traditional fall time dish they play the star role imparting a delicious hearty aroma to the risotto.

Ingredients

300Gramrice (arborio or carnaroli)
100Gramporcini mushroom (dried)
60Grambutter
1⁄2Cupwhite wine
  salt
  black pepper (optional)
50GramParmigiano Reggiano cheese
4 scallions (white part only)
6Cupchicken stock

Instructions

1. Reconstitute the dried mushrooms in about 1 cup of warm water for at least 30 minutes.
2. Melt the butter in a heavy pot and add the thinly sliced scallions. Fry for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the rice stirring to coat with the butter for few minutes until the edges of the grains are translucent.
4. Add the wine and let evaporate stirring occasionally.
5. Add the filtered water from the mushrooms and the broth little by little during cooking.
6. After about 10 minutes add the mushrooms to the pot. Keep adding the broth as necessary.
7. when the cooking is done, remove the pot from the heat, stir in a little butter and half the Parmigiano Reggiano and let rest covered for about 5 minutes.
8. Serve topped with the rest of the Parmigiano Reggiano and the freshly ground black pepper. A sprinkle of finely chopped chives or parsley leaves can be used as a garnish.

Notes

Detailed instructions to cook risotto with step by step pictures are available at the Cooking risotto page

Fresh porcini may be used if available. In this case the quantity should be increased by at least 4 times. Slice the mushrooms and saute' them in butter before adding them at step 6.

If home made chicken broth is not available it can be replaced with canned or chicken boullion (cubes).

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