Monday, 2 November 2009

Restrained Mushroom Risotto

A low fat version of Nigella's mushroom risotto, but almost too low fat.  I found myself, for the first time, thinking i might have to supplement the amount of butter suggested, rather than halve it!  10g butter is suggested in the recipe, but i used 20g in the end, as there wasn't enough to coat the rice, which i think is the unlying point of risotto.  However, it's still quite a low fat version, particularly when compared to her Pea Risotto, but still has a great depth of flavour, if not the extreme silkiness from using more butter or cream.

- Melt 20g butter and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a pan and gently fry 1/2 onion.
- After a few mins, add 200g mixed sliced mushrooms and cook for a further few mins.
- Stir in 125g arborio rice and cook for 2 mins.
- Add 60ml vermouth or white wine and allow to bubble until absorbed.
- Add a ladleful of stock from 375-400ml hot stock (either mushroom stock or stock with 10g porcini added)
- Cook until absorbed, add another ladle, and so on, until add the stock is used up and the rice is just cooked and creamy.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons parmesan and sprinkle with parsley.

I also added a slice of lemon on the side, because i think a squeeze of lemon is generally delicious with risotto and added at the end, lifts the whole dish.

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