December 11, 2009

Mushroom Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

The temperatures have gotten much cooler the last few days, with a bit of snow the other day.  So, with Winter trying to arrive before it's supposed to, I am all about making comfort food!  Risotto is so creamy and adding some hearty mushrooms to it makes it almost a meal in itself.

Last weekend, I picked up some button mushrooms, baby bellas and some shiitake mushrooms.  I just needed to figure out how to best bring out their earthy flavor.  This is where my fabulous blogging friend, Bren, comes in... you see, Bren is this fabulous cook who writes FlaNboyant Eats.  She swears by her pressure cooker and creates some pretty amazing recipes as well.  So, I knew I could ask her about my dilemma - use white wine (my preference) or red wine when making this risotto.  She encouraged me to go for the white wine which would bring out the earthly flavor I was looking for... and she was so right!  Thanks, Bren!

So, using the recipe I've used in the past for Pancetta & Spinach Risotto as a guide, I was able to make a dish that 3 out of 4 members of my family thoroughly enjoyed!  If you don't have a pressure cooker, I highly recommend getting one!  Not only is risotto done in 7 minutes, but chicken stock is done in under 1 hour!

From Family, Friends and Food

Mushroom Risotto
Source:  PatsyK

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 cup chopped white button mushrooms
1 cup baby bella mushrooms (large chop)
about 2-4 shiitake mushrooms, chopped
3/4 cup Arborio / Risotto rice
3/4 cup white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a 6 quart pressure cooker pot.  Then, add the garlic and saute for about a minute.  Next, add the mushrooms and allow to cook until they are soft and the water has cooked out - about 5 minutes. 

Add the rice and make sure to stir thoroughly into the mushrooms.  Add the wine and allow to cook down slightly, about 2 minutes.  Then, add the chicken broth and lock the pressure cooker lid into place.  Bring to high pressure and then cook for 7 minutes. 

Test for firm texture, then stir in the Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.

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Aggie said...

That looks amazing Patsy! So creamy...and I love mushrooms. I'm so intrigued by your pressure cooker!!

HoneyB said...

I would totally this. Anything with mushrooms appeals to me!

melbhaber said...

This is genius! Mushroom risotto is a family favorite and the use of the pressure cooker makes it a much quicker meal. Thank you.

Lynda said...

Oh, your risotto looks delish, Patsy! My mother used a pressure cooker quite often, but I've not tried one yet.It does speed up the cooking process and produces some tasty dishes though.

Michele said...

I'm always looking for uses for my pressure cooker. I am so excited to try this!

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