Oyster Mushroom Risotto with Pesto


My first recipe for 2015 is a yummy risotto. Many cooks are intimidated by risotto because it is tricky to prepare, It does require patience, which my wife and I will agree is in very short supply in my case. But it is a dish that is well worth the effort. The only tricky part is under-cooking or overcooking it. Arborio rice is an Italian short-grain rice. It is named after the town of Arborio, in the Po Valley northern Italy, where it is grown. Arborio rice is a high-starch, short-grained rice used for making risotto. Cooking arborio rice releases its starch, giving risotto its creamy consistency. This recipe is gluten-free, meatless and delicious!

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Rice fields in the province of Vercelli, eastern Piedmont.

Rice fields in the province of Vercelli, eastern Piedmont.

 

Oyster Mushroom Risotto with Pesto


Yield: 6 servings

1 lb. oyster mushrooms chopped
12 oz. Arborio rice
4 cups organic vegetable stock
1 cup white wine
1 cup pesto
1 cup half and half (cream and milk)
½ yellow onion chopped
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons E.V. olive oil or butter
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, sauté onions mushrooms and rice in olive oil or butter. Add white wine and 1 cup of stock. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Stir frequently with a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom. As stock reduces add more stock a cup at a time. When rice is cooked but still somewhat firm textured (al dente) add pesto, Parmesan and half & half. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cook till rice can pour onto plate but has absorbed most of the liquid and is creamy (like grits). Serving suggestion: Serve with Caprese salad with balsamic vinegar plated as pictured.

©2015 Aron Bradley
http://www.boomercuisine.com

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