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Blood Orange Olive Oil Risotto With Wild Mushrooms
Blood Orange Olive Oil Risotto With Wild Mushrooms
Wine director Brian Duncan pairs this deliciously creamy risotto with one of his favorite vinos.
Restaurant Bin 36
Prep Time

60 min
Cook Time:

40 min

Main Ingredient
  • For topping:
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 3 tbsp Sonoma Farm Blood Orange Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 lb cremini mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tbsp snipped chives<
  • For risotto:
  • 2 oz dried wild mushrooms
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups (1 quart) low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio or Carnaroli rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
Category: Cereals, grains and pastas

To prepare the dried mushrooms for the risotto:

  • Place them in a small mixing bowl and cover with boiling water.
  • Let mushrooms sit until softened, about 45 minutes.

To make the topping:

  • Heat the butter and blood orange olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • When the butter foams, add cremini mushrooms and stir to coat.
  • Cook, stirring only once or twice, until mushrooms are golden brown with crispy edges, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Transfer to a small bowl and toss with the chives;
  • season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Set aside.

To make the risotto:

  • Remove the dried mushrooms from the soaking liquid, gently squeezing the excess liquid back into the bowl and reserving the liquid.
  • Chop the mushrooms and set aside.
  • Strain the soaking liquid through a double thickness of cheesecloth or a paper coffee filter, being careful not to include any dirt that may have settled on the bottom of the bowl.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the strained soaking liquid with the chicken broth.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to keep the mixture hot but below a simmer.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter until foamy.
  • Add the shallots and cook until soft and lightly colored, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped reconstituted mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the rice and stir until it is well coated with butter.
  • Add the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has completely evaporated.
  • Add 1 cup of the hot broth to the rice and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid is absorbed, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Continue to cook the rice, adding 1/2 cup of the hot stock at a time and stirring until it is absorbed before adding more.
  • When the rice is done, it should be creamy and tender but still slightly firm to the bite; the total cooking time will be 30 to 40 minutes.

To assemble the dish:

  • Remove the risotto from the heat, stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmigiano-Reggiano, and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Spoon the risotto into the center of each serving dish, top with the sautéed cremini mushrooms, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Serve immediately, passing extra cheese on the side.

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