A big sloppy bowl of risotto is my idea of a perfect lazy night TV dinner and this mushroom risotto is a personal favourite of mine. This Balsamic Leek and Mushroom Risotto is pretty old school and does not have a whiff of the dump and run, it is lovingly stirred from start to finish in the way a traditional risotto usually is but that really does not make it a difficult dish. It really is very simple just take it nice and slow chill out pour a glass of wine and add and stir and you will be just peachy. Taking it slow allows you to also pay a little more attention to the mushrooms which I find can get a little lost when cooked with the risotto so frying them off in butter and then reducing a little Balsamic vinegar in there and all of my buttons are being pressed.
A mushroom risotto really is a beautiful thing and I used some really large white mushrooms I found at a local market, I wish I had the knowledge to be a little more adventurous with what I use. I am sure there are a host of mushrooms I could forage from local woodland and we even have a place to get the checked out at a local market. But I am fearful of now really having the language skills, whilst I am sure I could do the whole ‘eat it you die’ thing but I want to understand what I am eating and that is beyond my Hungarian skills 🙁
I can’t believe I have made it through almost a whole year before sticking a mushroom risotto recipe on my site, I love this stuff and sure you have to spend 30-40 minutes stirring them in the kitchen but as far as I am concerned that is relaxing. Stir, sip wine, listen to a little music, our thick walls mean I can listen as loud as I like and not bother Fearless Stunt Wifey, I swear I must cook a risotto at least once a fortnight… That is every two weeks for those of you on the other side of the Atlantic, it was only last week that I realised that ‘fortnight’ is not used in the US very often so I have been happily chatting away to people using it all the time and one personsay what do you mean. I am sure it happens far more often than I am aware of too, so please feel free to tap me up say ‘what you talkin’ about’!