Another cracker from Jamie Oliver. We have posted other risottos on this blog but none quite compare to this one – no doubt due to the copious quantities of butter and Parmesan. This is definitely a weekend dish! It is supposed to serve 6 but we served it as a starter for 8. Delicious!
Risotto ai funghi e prezzemolo (Roasted mushroom risotto with parsley)
- 1.1 litres vegetable stock
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- a knob of butter
- 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 bulb of garlic, cloves peeled and halved
- 1/2 a head of celery, trimmed and finely chopped
- 400g risotto rice
- 2 wineglasses of dry white vermouth or dry white wine
- 200g wild mushrooms, wiped clean and torn
- a small bunch of thyme, leaves picked
- a small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, very finely chopped
- 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp butter
- 70g butter
- 115g freshly grated Parmesan plus a bit extra for grating over
Heat the stock. Put the olive oil and knob of butter into a separate pan, add the onion and finely chopped garlic and celery, and cook slowly for about 15 minutes without letting it colour. When the vegetables have softened, add the rice and turn up the heat.
Keep stirring the rice as it lightly fries. When is starts to look slightly translucent and glossy add the vermouth and keep stirring.
Once the vermouth has cooked into the rice, add a ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt. Turn the heat down to a simmer and keep adding ladlefuls of stock, stirring and massaging, allowing each ladle to be absorbed before you add another. This will take about 15 minutes but you do need to taste the rice and check if it’s cooked. If not, keep going with the stock until the rice is soft but still has a little bite. If you run out of stock just use some boiling water.
Meanwhile, heat a heavy ovenproof frying pan or tray until medium hot and add a splash of olive oil. Fry the mushrooms for a minute or more until they start to colour, and season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic, thyme and the tbsp of butter and mix together. Put the pan in the oven and roast the mushrooms for about 6 minutes or until cooked through. We discard the garlic at this stage.
When your rice is cooked take it off the heat and add the 70g of butter , the chopped parsley and the Parmesan. Stir well. Put a lid on the pot and allow it to sit for a couple of minutes.
Roughly chop chop half the mushrooms and stir into the risotto, adding a good squeeze of lemon juice too. Divide between plates and sprinkle over the remaining mushrooms and a bit of freshly grated Parmesan.