Monday, March 28, 2011

Roasted Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto

Prepared March 27, 2011.
4 T olive oil, divided
3/4 lb assorted wild mushrooms (e.g, oyster, king oyster, shiitake, morel)
1/2 lb asparagus
1/2 c sliced leeks, white part
4 or 5 sprigs fresh thyme
2 T minced garlic, divided
1 c Arborio rice
1/2 c dry white wine
2 T brandy
4 c hot chicken stock (or, for vegan, vegetable broth)
1 t salt
1 T mushroom powder
1/4 T freshly ground pepper
1/4 c shredded Parmesan cheese (omit for vegan)
Cut the mushrooms into bite-size pieces, place in an 8x8 inch metal pan. Trim the asparagus and roll-cut into 1-1/2 inch lengths. Add to the pan, along with the leeks, 1 T garlic, and thyme. Drizzle 3 T oil on the vegetables, season well with freshly ground pepper and 1/2 t salt, and turn to coat. Roast at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes, turning when half done. In a 12-inch skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium until it shimmers. Add the rice and cook with occasional stirring until it's lightly colored, about 5 minutes. Add 1 T garlic and heat 30 seconds. Add the wine and brandy, and cook until absorbed  Remove the thyme, and stir in the hot roast vegetables, and seasonings. Add enough stock to almost cover the rice. Continue cooking, adding hot stock as needed to maintain the level until all the stock has been added, about 20 minutes. Cover, lower heat until all the moisture is absorbed. Stir in the cheese. Pair with thin slices of roast chicken breast.