Risotto with mushrooms in white wine is the lazy person's way to a rapid feast! Today we do the tremendously flavorful rice simmered in wine, and topped with softest portobello mushrooms.
Like most people, you probably make the same recipes again and again. Once you have a routine, it's deceptively easy to see ingredients as having only one purpose.
Ground beef is a good example. After a while we get in a rut of only making hamburgers with it, forgetting many other quality dishes.
I'm certainly guilty of this. Especially concerning rice. I've mentioned it before, but rice itself can be a trigger for many Sarajevans, having had to eat it almost daily during the siege. It took a while to learn to like it again.
I did, and still do. Yet when I make it, rice is hardly the centerpiece of the meal. However I'm happy to say this has changed.
Mika Dajmak comes to the rescue again, coincidentally with another mushroom recipe. This time we're talking risotto with mushrooms in white wine. I made it once, only once, but it was such a quality meal I had to share it with you.
Backtracking a little bit Mika Dajmak wrote the incredible, hard to find, cookbook called All Over Ex-Yu With a Fork. I only picked it up by accident. You see, I'm serious about keeping things around me simple. I'm a minimalist.
I don't have a lot of rules, but this one I follow closely. It translates into keeping the home beautiful, but simple and clutter-free. If something comes in, another thing comes out. (Except flowers.)
Now, I do give myself complete artistic freedom to make as big of a mess as I need, for as long as I need, when I work. At the work's end though, things are put back.
Why do I tell you all this?
Because of Mr. Dajmak's book. It's so good, I actually kept it. And I highly recommend you get your hands on it if you speak Bosnian, Serbian or Croatian. Or if it comes out in English and you see it, grab it.
Back to our mushroom risotto. It takes less time to make than a load of laundry. And when you serve this dish, it'll feel as if you're at a good restaurant.
For the wine in the recipe, I used a homemade Croatian one I got from my uncle, but Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay will work well. If you'd like to use a different white, go ahead but skip the sweet wines like riesling. Otherwise risotto (mushrooms too), will take on a sticky, candy-like flavor.
(If you'd like to learn more about cooking with wine here is a great article.)
Risotto With Mushrooms in White Wine
- 3-4 tablespoons oil
- 1 yellow onion minced
- 10 ounces portobello mushrooms chopped coarsely
- 1 cup white rice round grain, rinsed well and drained
- 1 cup white wine Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio
- 1 teaspoon seasoned salt or Vegeta, or a similar spice
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 cups hot water approximately
- 1 tablespoon parsley fresh, minced
- In a deep pot heat oil over medium. Add onion. Simmer and stir until it crystalizes.
- Add mushrooms. Simmer and stir 3-4 minutes, or until they are halfway done.
- Add rice, wine and seasonings. Let simmer several minutes until a lot of the wine evaporates. Stir occasionally.
- Add hot water to the pot. (You'll add between 1.5 and 2 cups of hot water to the rice. Determine the volume based on how the rice cooks. If it looks sticky, add more.) Simmer for another 15-20 minutes, or until rice is of your desired consistency. Stir occasionally.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
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