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Demystified Idiot Proof "Shroom" Risotto

By niallharbison

December 20, 2016 at 12:10am

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Ingredients
  • Arborio rice
  • Mushrooms (get wild if you can)
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • White wine

There are some dishes that you cook at home and then there are others which you only ever eat when you are out in a fancy restaurant. Risotto is one of the latter. People think it is a massive pain in the hole to make and that it involves some sort of houdini type skills that take years to learn. With the help of some no bullshit instructions and a few nice photos you'll see that it is actually pretty easy and that it tastes awesome.

Instructions

Step 1

The thing about risotto is how fucking amazing it tastes even though the ingredients are nothing special.


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Step 2

Start off by boiling a big pot of stock. You could be all fancy and make your own but lets be realistic here and say a couple of cubes is as good as its going to get.


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Step 3

Chop up a shit load of garlic. Nice and fine


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Step 4

Slice up the shallots. Defo worth getting these instead of regular onions if you can. Big difference taste wise.


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Step 5

Chop up the shrooms. Nice even sized pieces is best because they'll shrink down as soon as they start cooking


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Step 6

Lots of prep to do here at this stage but once you have it all done its time to start actually cooking


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Step 7

Find the biggest heaviest pot you have and put it on a nice low heat and fuck in a big glug of olive oil..


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Step 8

Lash in everything you prepped bar the mushrooms.


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Step 9

You want to cook all these flavours nice and slow. The smell is going to be off the charts good if you do this right and take your time.

Step 10

You don't want the stuff to be getting an colour. Just like with sex take it nice and slow. Slower the better because you are building the flavour


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Step 11

Lash in the shrooms


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Step 12

You can actually turn up the temperature up at this stage a little. But keep it stirred at all times


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Step 13

Once the shrooms have been cooking for a couple of mins lash in the rice. You will not be able to leave this dish for the next 20 minutes so make sure you've gone for a piss and everything else is done because this is about to get serious.


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Step 14

This is a strange one but you want to cook the rice for about a minute or two. Just keep it stirring constantly. Important part of the process this. Don't ask why, just do it.


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Step 15

Lash in about a glass of wine.


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Step 16

Now this is where things get technical. Basically keep it stirred at all times and wait for the liquid (wine) to evaporate. Slowly slowly


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Step 17

So the stock should have come to the boil at this stage. Lash in 1 ladel of it at a time into the rice.


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Step 18

You are slowly adding a bit of stock every couple of minutes for about 20 until it is fully cooked. The Italians call this process all'onda (in the style of a wave) and it is incredibly important. Always stirring always adding more water.


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Step 19

Nice low heat and you'll see the rice slowly getting thicker and more cook. It all starts to come together like magic after about 15 minutes. Don't over cook the fucking thing though. Nothing worse.


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Step 20

Lash in a bit of salt and pepper


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Step 21

What really brings a risotto to life is the parmesan. Get the best most expensive one you can and grate a shit load of it,


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Step 22

Lash it in at the very end when the rice is pretty much 95% cooked


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Step 23

The thing with this dish is you should be tasting it all the time while you cook. Check for seasoning. Check to see if the rice is cooked. Always be tasting.


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Step 24

When it is done it should fall off a spoon just like a really thick soup. You see some restaurants serve it up all stiff and large. Thats not the way to do it. It should be in a bowl and gloopy (Is that even a word?).


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Step 25

This is a simple recipe but you could pimp it out however you wanted. Few more herbs. Some meat. ore veggies. All we are showing here is a technique and you can make whatever flavour you fancy yourself.


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So there you have it. One of the all time great Italian dishes simplified and added to your arsenal. You won't believe just how fucking amazing this tastes and what I love most about it is that it doesn't cost a fortune. You could feed 6 people with this for close to a tenner. You've probably always been worried about cooking anything like this but forget the fear and give it a lash. Amazeballs

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