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Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Are you brand new to making risotto? Perhaps you have avoided making this dish in the past because of having to ladle in the stock a ladle at a time and wait for it to absorb before adding more. Standing over a hot stove does not appeal to many people. However, this recipe is slightly different because it is simpler, and there are two stock additions rather than all that constant stirring. The result is going to be a rich-flavored, creamy risotto boasting all the authentic Italian flavors you want.

The first thing to do is sauté onion and mushrooms in some butter. Use forest fresh mushrooms or your favorite kind. These are the main ingredient so use the best quality mushrooms you can find. The garlic and parsley go in next, followed by the rice, and then you can add some of the stock. Keep the rice moving else it might stick. The stock will be absorbed by the rice, and then you can go ahead and add the rest in there. The final step is adding some cream, for a rich and luxurious finish. Scatter some fresh herbs over the finished risotto if you want.

Something else Italian chefs like to do, to fortify the mushroom flavor, is to add a few tablespoons of mushroom powder to the mixture. If you want to do this, do so when you add the second lot of stock. If you do not have mushroom powder, you can make it yourself by grinding up some dried mushrooms. This is optional but it does add a richer flavor to the risotto, so is worth doing if you really love that mushroom taste. Pair the finished risotto with a nice, crisp green salad and maybe a glass of white wine as well. Continue reading

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