Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Night Dinner

We wanted something comforting, something delicious, something LIBERAL for dinner tonight. So we put down our lattes and turned off the NPR and Jon Stewart long enough to make wild mushroom risotto, Addictive Salad & Serenity Farm sourdough bread:

Wild mushroom risotto:
1 lb assorted mushrooms (I used baby shiitake, crimini, porcini & maitake mushrooms)
1/2 c. chopped shallots
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 c. arborio rice
4 c. chicken broth
1 c. white wine
3 TB butter
1 TB olive oil
1/4 c (I dunno...small handful) chopped fresh oregano & marjoram
1 c. grated parmesan, asiago & pecorino romano

First I sauteed the shallots & garlic in the olive oil and butter, then added the mushrooms and cooked them for about 6 minutes. Then I added the rice and mixed it until it was coated and turning translucent. I added the wine and stirred it all until the wine was absorbed by the rice. Then begins the laborious stirring process. The chicken broth MUST BE KEPT HOT. Angie added it ladle by ladle, stirring constantly and adding more as it was absorbed. At the very end we added the fresh herbs and cheese.

The salad was mixed greens with herbs, baby spinach (a big "F You" to the fearmongers), sliced fennel bulb, crumbled peppered bacon, diced dark heirloom tomato, toasted pine nuts, Kalamata olives & capers with a dressing of extra-virgin olive oil, honey, shallots (all sauteed together), balsamic vinegar and a few spritzes of Bragg's.

The wines were the Sebastiani pinot noir and Penfold's Bin 389 cabernet/shiraz.

That shit was soo good I almost don't care who got elected. HA! Not really. SO LONG, SANTORUM!!!


Anonymous said...

Not so liberal with the olive oil. 3tbsp of butter to one tbsp of Olive oil. I would have gone all the way with the liquid gold. Rock the house.

carolyn says said...

do you think a vegetable broth would be okay in the risotto? jeremy's still all finnicky about meat products, he'll grow out of it just like he grew out of that silly straight edge phase.

it all sounds delicious, especially with that end bit about santorum.

Alannah said...

You use the butter when you have the good, expensive French butter, okay? It seems like a lot but it's not when you're dealing w/ over 2 c. of rice.

You can totally use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Just keep it hot! The hot broth coaxes out more of the creamy starches in the rice.

carolyn says said...

sweet, thanks! there is a really good butternut squash and sage risotto that os some kind of awesome. jeremy made it for our american thanksgiving potluck last year and it totally upstaged my turkey. it's a perfect autumnal dish

Alannah said...

butternut squash and sage?! I've been dying to make that very same dish but was looking for a good recipe. Would Jeremy share?

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carolyn says said...

crap, the link cut off.

got to bbc.co.uk there's a serach box for the site and just put in squash risotto, it should come up