So Joel Huff was a little late getting this recipe to us. Forgive the guy! After all, he just arrived in Miami a few weeks ago to start at Azul. Don't know who we're talking about? Read the first part of our interview here and the second part here; then get to trying out this divine recipe.
By the way, he serves this dish garnished with hot stones and a mixed florist floor, claiming, "The hot rocks and florist floor will gently steam and give the essence of the forest and of wild mushrooms." But for the sake of argument, let's just skip that step.
Drunken Risotto With Wild Mushrooms
5 1/2 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 cups arborio rice (10 ounces)
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound mixed wild mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Directions: In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Keep warm.
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring until the wine is absorbed. Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions.
The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 20 minutes total. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms and shallot, season with salt and pepper, and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned, about 10 minutes. Scrape the mushrooms into the risotto and stir in the cheese and parsley.
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