Mushroom Risotto is a perfect accompaniment to a number of dishes, This includes chicken schnitzel with mustard cream sauce. For the mushroom risotto, I took care of the mise en place, or getting everything ready. Susan took over from there and actually made the risotto.
For the Mushroom Risotto, I used an adaptation of Emeril’s Mushroom Risotto on Food Network. Like a lot of Emeril’s recipes, the list of ingredients is pretty long.
I used the following ingredients for the Mushroom Risotto: Unsalted butter, shallots, garlic, mushrooms, dried thyme, salt, pepper, arborio rice, wine, chicken stock, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley.
Making the Mushroom Risotto
First, Susan sautéed the finely chopped shallots and minced garlic in melted butter in a heavy saucepan for several minutes.
Then she added the mushrooms. I know that the mushrooms look pretty awful. However, what I did was to chop them and then squeeze as much liquid from the mushrooms as possible. This causes the mushrooms to discolor.
After about a five minute sauté, Susan added the thyme, salt and pepper. Then, she added the rice.
Once the rice was opaque, Susan added the wine and continued to cook the rice, stirring constantly.
When the wine was nearly evaporated, Susan began adding the heated chicken stock in stages, again stirring constantly until the amount that had been added was nearly evaporated.
After all of the chicken stock had been added, Susan added the heavy cream and stirred the mixture until the cream was well incorporated.
Finally, she added finely grated Parmesan cheese to the risotto.
After Susan garnished the risotto with chopped parsley, it was ready to serve.
The complete meal consisted of chicken schnitzel with mushroom cream sauce, mushroom risotto, steamed green beans and a Chardonnay. Yum!
If you’d like to make my complete meal, check out the Chicken Schnitzel with Mustard Cream Sauce.
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Mushroom Risotto(Adapted from Emeril's recipe on Food Network)
- 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
- ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 ounces mushrooms chopped and squeezed
- 1 cup Arborio rice
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ cup white wine or Vermouth
- 2 ¾ cups chicken stock (See Tip 1)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
- In a heavy saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic; cook, stirring until fragrant and soft, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until wilted and their liquid is evaporated, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the rice, and cook, stirring constantly, until the grains are opaque, about 1 minutes. Stir in the thyme, salt and pepper.
- Add the wine and cook, stirring, until nearly all evaporated. Add ¾ cup of the chicken stock; cook, stirring constantly, until the stock is nearly all evaporated. Continue adding the stock ½ cup at a time as the previous addition is nearly absorbed, until the rice is tender and the risotto is creamy, 18 to 20 minutes. Stir in the cream, the Parmesan cheese and the parsley. Mix well.
- Yield: 4 servings.
Chula's Expert Tips
- To make this vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.