A couple of months ago, I made a resolution to start cooking more. I was the queen of the freezer and microwave, it was a little embarrassing that I was in my 20s and couldn’t put together a meal that consisted of more than “lift plastic cover, heat for 5 minutes.” So, a few times a week, I try my hand at putting together a meal from scratch. Tonight, I took on the daunting task of putting together a mushroom risotto. I’m about to admit a terrible secret…I love “Hell’s Kitchen.” It’s a bad show, the contestants are incompetent, and the drama manufactured, but damn, do I love watching it. The dish that seems to cause Gordon Ramsey to scream, “NOT GOOD ENOUGH, DONKEY!” the most is the risotto. I can’t do Julia Child’s Pate de Canard en Croute yet, but I have to start some way, right?
I picked up this recipe from allrecipes.com, but left out the chives :http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Gourmet-Mushroom-Risotto/Detail.aspx
One thing I have to say us, Man!, is there is a lot of stirring. When I say “a lot,” I mean, get ready to lose your arm. I was upset that I didn’t go to the gym like I planned to today, but I got a work-out just from stirring. Plus, with arborio rice, because it’s so dense, you have to use a lot of chicken broth. Just when I had my Scotty from Star Trek “Cap’n, she can’t take much more!” moment, the rice absorbed more liquid and I had to use another 1/2 cup. Plus, I took the amount of butter down to 3 tbsp and added a little water to the mushrooms to create a nice broth.
So, how’d it go? Oh…..my…..god! It was a lot of work; dicing the shallots, stirring, timing everything (walk away for more than 20 seconds and you get sticky or burnt rice), but it tasted amazing. Probably the best thing I have ever cooked. Plus, since you’re cooking with wine, you get the rest of the bottle to finish *note: RDU Gonna Eat That? does not condone cooking while intoxicated….unless it’s discreet* The best part with this recipe is that it’s great as a meal for two or a side dish for six. This is something I’m going to make again….and again…and again…