Although traditional risottos use refined arborio rice and require constant stirring, you can achieve excellent results with this oven-baked version using short-grain brown rice, taking advantage of its whole-grain benefits.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, (1½ cups)
1½ cups hot water
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium leek, trimmed, washed (see Tip) and sliced (1 cup)
1 cup short-grain brown rice, (see Ingredient notes)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup dry white wine
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 ounces cremini, or baby bella mushrooms, wiped clean, stemmed and quartered (see Ingredient notes)
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Combine porcini and hot water in a small bowl. Let stand for 30 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. Rinse the mushrooms well under cool water; drain and chop finely. Strain the reserved liquid through a coffee filter or paper towel to remove any sand or dirt.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven or large ovenproof high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add leek and the porcini; cook, stirring often, until the leek is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice, garlic and thyme; stir to coat well. Add wine and cook until almost all evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes. Add broth and the reserved porcini liquid. Bring to a boil. Cover the pan and transfer to the oven.
Bake until the rice is just tender but still has a little resistance and a creamy consistency, 40 to 50 minutes. If the risotto seems soupy, place it on the stovetop over medium heat and simmer for a few minutes, stirring, until it reaches the desired consistency.
While the risotto is baking, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cremini and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
When the risotto is ready, stir in the cremini, Parmesan, 2 tablespoons parsley, vinegar, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining parsley on top and serve immediately.
Tip: To clean leeks: Trim and discard coarse green tops. Split leeks lengthwise with a sharp knife, beginning about 1 inch from the root end and cutting toward the green end. Leave root end attached. Swish leeks repeatedly in a basin of cold water to remove grit. Alternatively, trim roots and ragged tops. Slice leeks and place in plenty of water, then drain. Repeat a few times. The slices do not absorb water or lose flavor and the process is faster.
Ingredient notes: Use short-grain brown rice, available in natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, to achieve the characteristic creamy risotto texture.
Cremini mushrooms (sometimes called baby bella mushrooms) are a strain of button mushrooms prized for their dark hue, firm texture and rich flavor.
Aside from the chicken stock error, I used vegetable stock and added more leeks and mushrooms for added volume. It was great and I will be making it again. To the editing staff... get on the ball
Cons: Chicken stock.. editing staff get on the ball
May 06, 2012
By: EatingWell User
Looks good , but this is supposed to be for a vegetarian meal plan. Though easily substituted, parmesan and chicken broth are not vegetarian,
May 06, 2012
By: EatingWell User
This is supposed to be a vegetarian meal plan. Parmasean and chicken broth, though easily substituted,are not vegatarian.