DSC01835Despite the move, I managed to pull together a lovely SRC dish from an Italian Cooking in the Midwest. Pola has a number of intriguing recipes, and while I was tempted by several of her quiches, I couldn’t resist making risotto. Risotto is wonderful, if you’ve never had it, and I consider well worth the time and effort.

The mushroom risotto I choose was fairly straightforward. Pola provides flexible guidelines for amounts, so remember there’s some flexibility if you make it. I added thyme instead of parsley, veg broth instead of beef, leftover hard cider instead of wine (I did think we had wine, though, so that was a spur of the moment substitution), and ended up throwing in some extra peas we had floating around. The two stage method (cook covered, without stirring, followed by finishing it off with stirring) comes from a recipe my grandmother uses for shrimp risotto, and I’ve generally found it works well in other recipes although it may take a little longer. That non-stirring time lets you pull together a salad, dessert, or simply feed the dog and empty/refill the dishwasher, though, so I appreciate it.

Conclusion: It was delicious, and I’m looking forwarding to making it again. In fact, mushrooms are on the grocery list just so I can make some this week again.

Mushroom Risotto

These amounts made 3-4 servings as a main course.

1 small onion, diced
2-3 T olive oil
1/2 t thyme
1 c Arborio rice
2 c broth, HOT
1 c water, HOT
3/4 c hard cider
1 lb mushrooms, cut into chunks
Pecorino romano or parmesan, grated, to taste
1 c peas

Saute the onion in the olive oil until translucent. Add the mushrooms and thyme, and sauté for 5-10 minutes or until beginning to be tender. Add the rice and hard cider. Cook, stirring often, until the rice has absorbed the cider. Add 1 1/2 c broth, stir briefly, and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or just until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding hot liquid until the rice is cooked. Stir in the peas, cooked for a couple of minutes, and serve with cheese.

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