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There may be a bit of confusion when it comes to Risotto. Is it a side dish, a main course, an appetizer, or even a casserole. The great thing about Risotto is that it can fit in just about anywhere when you are menu planning! Actually, Risotto has Italian roots - it's a rice dish cooked in a broth with a creamy consistency. Recipes can use broth ranging from meat, fish, as well as vegetables.
Risotto: It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. Risotto in Italy is normally a primo (first course), served on its own before the main course. Wikipedia
Leilani's Raceway Risotto with Wild Mushrooms
- 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 1/3 cup vegan margarine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion, peeled and chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
- 1 to 2 red chili peppers, deseeded and chopped
- ½ pound wild mushrooms, halved if large
- 1/4 pound button mushrooms, slice
- d2 cups Arborio rice
- 1 cup white wine
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Soak porcini mushrooms in 1¼ cups of very hot—but not boiling—water for 30 minutes.
- Drain, setting aside the mushrooms and soaking liquid.
- Pour vegetable stock into a saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
- Melt margarine and olive oil in a large, deep skillet.
- Add onion, garlic, and chili peppers; cook gently for 5 minutes.
- Add fresh mushrooms and drained porcini; cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Stir in rice and cook for 1 minute.
- Strain soaking liquid and stir into the rice with a little of the hot stock. Cook, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed. Continue to add more stock, a ladleful at a time, until rice is tender and risotto looks creamy.
- Add wine along with remaining stock. When all liquid is absorbed, season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat; add chives and parsley.
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