Wednesday, February 20, 2013

M is for: Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto {Recipe Remake}

I love risotto. 

Like, really really love it. When I see it on the menu at an Italian restaurant, it’s always in the running for things I consider ordering.

But here’s the problem…as much as I adore the creamy texture that Arborio or Carnaroli rice creates for traditional risotto…I’ve really been making an effort recently to only eat brown or black rice these days. So I decided…why not brown rice risotto?

I knew it would take longer, but I decided it would be a nice experiment on the blog. (I would also be interested to try something like farro…but I was making dinner for my celiac friend Devon, so I stuck with rice).


As I mentioned in my Miso Soup post, I recently visited the Alemany Farmers Market and was captivated by the Far West Funghi stand. After consulting with the mushroom experts, I came home with three different types of mushrooms to add to the dried porcinis I had at home. (I got King Trumpets, Pioppini, and maitake).


Start by re-hydrating the dried porcinis. To do this, add about 3 cups of hot water to the mushrooms, cover, and allow to steep for about 30 minutes. Strain, and reserve the soaking liquid. Squeeze water from mushrooms and coarsely chop.


Heat a large, heavy bottomed sauté pan over medium heat, add butter or oil. Saute fresh mushroom pieces until tender. Stir in the re-hydrated porcinis and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside. (Apologies for the iPhone photos here, it was starting to get dark).


Add the remaining two tablespoons of butter or oil. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook 60 seconds more. Add the rice, and stir until it becomes lightly toasted and somewhat translucent. Add the wine, and cook until it’s completely absorbed.

As I mentioned, brown rice will take a looooooong time using the traditional risotto method. Like, over an hour. You can cut down on the cook time by partially parboiling the rice, as explained in this New York Times article, but I like the idea of still doing the toasting step like traditional risotto, so I just tried to stay patient.

In the meantime, you’ll also want to combine mushroom liquid and broth. Bring to a simmer, and cover. Keep warm on low. Now here comes the test of your patience. Start ladling the broth mixture into the rice, about a half to a cup at a time. Cook until the broth is absorbed, stirring consistently. (Some people stir constantly...I don't find that totally necessary, but you will need to stir a lot to avoid scorching). Continue this process until rice is cooked to your liking (slightly al dente). This will take about an hour with brown rice (only 25 or so with arborio or carnaroli). You may or may not use all of the broth.


When the rice is almost done, stir in the mushrooms and parsley. Risotto should be creamy but not runny. It also shouldn't be "gluey."


Serve sprinkled with additional parsley and Parmesan cheese. Now that's amore!

Wild Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto

by Jaymee Sire
Keywords: saute entree gluten-free vegetarian vegan mushroom rice brown rice Italian

Ingredients
  • 1 ounce package dried porcini mushrooms
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 12 ounces of wild mushrooms, sliced/chopped (such as Pioppini, King Trumpet, Maitake, etc)
  • 4 tablespoons butter or olive oil, divided use
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 cups broth (use veggie broth to keep this a vegetarian dish)
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups medium grain brown rice
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • zest and juice from 1 meyer lemon
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Re-hydrate dried porcini mushrooms by soaking them in hot water for 30 minutes (covered). Strain, but reserve the soaking liquid. Squeeze water from mushrooms and coarsely chop.
  2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add butter or oil. Saute fresh mushroom pieces until tender. Stir in the porcinis and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl, cover and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, combine mushroom liquid and broth. Bring to a simmer, and cover. Keep warm on low.
  4. Add the remaining two tablespoons of butter or oil. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook 60 seconds more. Add the rice, and stir until it becomes lightly toasted and somewhat translucent. Add the wine, and cook until it’s completely absorbed.
  5. Start ladling the warm broth mixture into the rice, about a half to a cup at a time. Cook until the broth is absorbed, stirring consistently. Continue this process until rice is cooked to your liking (slightly al dente). This will take about an hour with brown rice (you may or may not use all of the broth).
  6. When the rice is almost done, stir in the mushrooms and parsley. Serve sprinkled with additional parsley and Parmesan cheese.
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4 comments:

  1. Yum!! I just made risotto for the first time last week and I really want to try this one since it is brown rice. Did it taste the same as the Arborio rice?

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    1. It's definitely a little nuttier...as you would expect from brown rice. Delicious in its own way!

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  2. Not wishing to critique in any way, but a few flakes of dried chilli in place of the parsley gives an extra flourish, I find. Incidentally, do you have any tips for measuring rice? I always make way too little or way too much. Thanks and good luck.

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    1. Love red pepper flakes! I always make too much as well :)

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