Here it is the beginning of spring and I’m baking a mushroom risotto. It’s still cold out, although if the sun’s shining while working out in the garden it’s wonderful to feel the heat! I think that as long as the weather still has us cooking indoors, we can still enjoy a hearty repast. This dish can be served as a main course, with a few vegetables on the side, or a big crunchy salad. It also serves well accompanying pork or beef. I try to serve meat as a component of the meal, not the star attraction. I think it keeps meals more balanced.
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Serves 6 as a side dish
900 ml of vegetable or chicken stock
¼ c butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
8 oz mushrooms, an assortment of two or three types, thickly sliced
1 cup Arborio rice
5T dry sherry
salt & pepper
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
¼ c finely grated Parmesan
2T coarsely grated Parmesan
Preheat the oven to 300°
After you have prepared your ingredients, place a 2 quart, 2½” deep ovenproof dish in the oven to warm while you cook the ingredients.
Bring the stock to a simmer.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add in the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until transparent.
Add in the sliced mushrooms, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for another 10–12 minutesAdd in the rice, and stir for 1 minute.
Add in the stock and sherry.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Increase the heat, and when just starting to bubble, carefully transfer the mixture to the preheated baking dish (remove the dish from the oven to the stovetop for the transfer).
Bake the risotto on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes.
Stir in the finely grated ¼ c of Parmesan, and continue to bake the risotto for 20 minutes more.
Test the rice; it should be tender and completely cooked. If there’s any crunch, give it another 5 minutes.
As soon as the risotto comes out of the oven, stir it well and remove the rosemary twig.
Season it with more salt and pepper to taste if desired.