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Wild Mushroom and Scallop Risotto

Risotto with Mushrooms and Scallops

Risotto with Mushrooms and Scallops

A few years ago I was mulling over ideas of what to do for my anniversary.  The norm was a fancy dinner somewhere on the town.  However, feeling a need to keep things new and exciting I decided to make a nice romantic dinner at home and win a few “brownie points” in the process.

Once I decided that I wanted to cook at home, I started searching for the perfect recipe.  Since Darcie loves mushrooms, I figured I’d start there.  In addition to mushrooms, it had to have an aura of elegance (cooking with wine generally does that). Whatever I choose needed to appear complicated* (but secretly it wouldn’t be).  Of course, it had to taste good.  Finally, and most importantly, it had to be something that she would want me to make for her time and time again.

The perfect recipe turned out to be  Wild Mushroom and Scallop Risotto.

With Mother’s day approaching, I asked Darcie what she wanted me to make for her Mother’s Day dinner.  She gave me  the “you don’t know” look.  After playing the guessing game for the next few minutes, I gave up.  Finally, she said, “THE risotto.”  I should have known.

I got those “brownie points” and Darcie told me that its the best thing I ever made her.  That makes this guy pretty happy.

This recipe will feed 4 as an entree or 8 as a side dish.

Ingredients:

Risotto Ingredients

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Scallops (amount will vary based on size but figure on 2 per person) — you can also use bay scallops if you wish
Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
1 Small Onion, minced
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
Assorted mushrooms (I get a pack of mixed mushrooms that contains oyster, portobello, crimini, shiitake)
2 Cups of Arborino Rice (found in the same aisle as other rices)
1/2 Cup of White Wine
6 Cups of Chicken Stock (homemade or store bought)
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano (or parmesan) cheese

In large, deep pan, drizzle olive oil and turn heat to medium-high heat.  While oil is heating, sprinkle scallops with salt and pepper on both sides.  When oil is hot, add scallops to pan and cook on both sides until nicely browned.  When scallops are cooked, move to a plate and cover.
Meanwhile in medium sized pot, add the chicken stock to warm it.   Once heated, lower the heat to keep the stock warm.

Scallops

Scallops

In the same pan, drizzle a little more olive oil.  Add onion and garlic, stir until soft.

Onion and Garlic

Onion and Garlic

Add mushrooms and cook for 5-10 minutes until most of the moisture has been removed from the  mushrooms and begin to turn lightly brown.  Season with salt and pepper.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Add uncooked rice and stir for 1-2 minutes to coat the rice with the oil.  Stir in wine and cook for 1-2 minutes to remove the alcohol.

Adding the Rice

Adding the Rice

Pour in 1 cup of chicken stock and stir until rice has absorbed all of the liquid.  Continue this process 1 cup at a time, always waiting until the rice has absorbed the broth before adding more.  Continue until the rice is cooked — should be just a tiny bit firm and creamy (its possible that you wont use all the stock).

First Cup of Stock

First Cup of Stock

When you add your last cup of broth, add the scallops to warm them through.

Adding the Scallops

Adding the Scallops

When rice is done, fold in the butter and cheese.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil.  Serve hot.

The finished product

The finished product

*While this dish isn’t complicated, it is time consuming and your really can’t stray too far from the kitchen as there is a lot of stirring involved.  However, I hope this doesn’t discourage you from giving it a try because it really is worth it.

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  1. May 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Looks divine! I’ve always been fearful of risotto but Robbbb has made it for me before for the same reason you made for Darcie :)

    • May 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Robbbbbbbb is a good guy! A lot of people fear it but its actually pretty simple.

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