A culinary highlight on your cooking holiday!
We think that Boletus edulis (commonly known as Porcini) is the most delicious of all the mushrooms! While they are not easy to find fresh, in dried form they can transform your Italian cooking holidays’ efforts into culinary highlights! Curious to see how?
Porcini mushrooms are a famous Italian autumn produce and are used a considerable amount in Northern Italian cuisine. The name Porcini means “piglets” in Italian and they can be found on the ground in hardwood forests near pine, chestnut, hemlock, and spruce trees.
Risotto Recipe with dried Porcini Mushrooms
A mushroom risotto with dried porcini mushrooms is a delicious way to make use of this gourmet mushroom! This dish is very popular in Northern Italy, particularly the Tuscan region.
- 350g of chestnut mushrooms
- 25g of dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 small onion
- Olive oil
- 50g of butter
- 350g of risotto rice
- 1.5 litres of good chicken stock
- 55g of parmesan
- Salt and pepper
2. Fry the chestnut mushrooms in half the butter and a glug of olive oil. When the onions begin to colour add the sliced, fresh mushrooms and fry for a few minutes. Chop up the porcini mushrooms into small pieces (keep the liquid they soaked in) and add the porcini to the pan.
3. Add the risotto rice to the pan and fry until translucent. Add a ladle of stock a time and stir continuously.
4. When the rice is al dente remove the pan from the heat. Season to your taste, add the remaining butter and stir in the grated parmesan.
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