- 10g/(1/2oz) packet dried porcini
- 225g(8oz) fresh dark-gilled mushrooms or any mushrooms of your choice
- 60g(21/2oz) butter
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 175g(6oz) risotto rice (Aborio)
- 150mls (5oz) dry Maderia or dry Sherry
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan, freshly grated
- Plus 50g extra, to serve
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- You will also need a 23cm shallow ovenproof dish 1.5litre capacity appoximatley 5cm deep
Preheat the oven to 150C(300F/Gas 2).
Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl and pour 570 ml (1 pint) boiling water over them and leave to soak and soften for 30 minutes. Meanwhile chop the fresh mushrooms into 1cm chunks – not too small, as they shrink down quite a bit in the cooking.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, add the onion and cook over a gentle heat for about 5 minutes, then add the fresh mushrooms, stir well and leave to one side while you deal with the porcini. After 30 minutes place a sieve over a bowl, line the bowl with a double sheet of absorbent kitchen paper and strain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid. Squeeze any excess liquid out of them, then chop them finely and transfer to the pan to join the other mushrooms and onion. Keep the heat low and let the onions and mushrooms sweat gently and release their juices – which will take about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the dish in the oven to warm. Now add the rice to the mushroom and onion mix and stir making sure the rice gets a good coating of butter, then add the Maderia or Sherry, followed by the strained mushroom-soaking liquid. Add a level teaspoon of salt and some freshly ground black pepper, bring it up to a simmering point, then transfer the whole lot from the pan to the warmed dish. Make sure it is evenly distributed in the dish and place in the oven on the centre shelf without covering. Set a timer and let it cook for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, gently stir in the 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan , gently stirring the rice. Cook for a further 15 minutes.
Serve with a green salad and garlic bread.
This recipe is from Winter Collection by Delia Smith