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Brown Mushroom Risotto Recipe

Brown Mushroom Risotto Photo : Jackie Cameron

Brown Mushroom Risotto
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Brown Mushroom Risotto

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Chunky mushroom risotto can be served to complement main courses, such as crispy sage-seared chicken breast; oven-roasted fillet; or have it just on its own for a vegetarian delight.

Yields : 4

Ingredients :

Vegetable Stock :

Ingredients :

  • 2 (300gr) Onions, peeled, cut in ¼
  • 3 (12gr) Garlic Cloves
  • 2 (367gr) Carrots, peeled, cut roughly
  • 2 (92gr) Leeks cut into chunks
  • ¼ (160gr) Celery, cut into chunks
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 10 Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2L Water

Method :

  1. Bring to the boil, turn down and allow simmering for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain and discard solids, place the liquid back into the pot on the heat.

Risotto :

Ingredients :

  • 40g salted Butter
  • 40ml sunflower Oil
  • 280g Onion, chopped
  • 12g Garlic, crushed
  • 280g Risotto Rice
  • 40ml dried mushroom powder (shittake powder), optional extra- if not available add double the amount of mushrooms
  • 5-10ml truffle oil, to taste
  • 200g mushrooms sliced, pan seared or cooked in a little butter
  • Vegetable Stock, as per pea risotto recipe

Method :

  1. Before you start making the risotto make sure vegetable stock is on the heat
  2. In a heavy based pot place the butter and oil amount
  3. When melted and slightly browned, add the onions and garlic. Cook until translucent in colour
  4. Add the risotto; make sure all the granules are covered with a layer of oil
  5. Start adding the hot stock, stirring all the time till the liquid is reduced- small ladle by ladle at a time
  6. Finish with mushroom powder, truffle oil and well seared mushrooms, season well.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713