Mushroom Risotto Feast

15 Feb

It’s that time of year… Lent… Where every Friday, Italian families everywhere are all trying to figure out… HOW do you feed a family for an entire day WITHOUT… Meat?! Well, here we go my friends, I have given up bread, wheat, bread-ish anything for Lent, not because I’m very religious anymore, but because the Catholic fear from my childhood still is alive inside me 🙂 I will have a different Meatless Dinner for you every Friday during Lent. Risotto can be, really fattening. Many recipes call for Creams and up to 2 Sticks of Butter! Ahhhhh! That sounds amazing, but doesn’t work with the Wedding Diet 😦 … This is a recipe that not only tastes AMAZING… It’s Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Cal… You can replace the 4 TBSP of Butter with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and make it Vegan 🙂

Antipasti/o/a (I guess Italian’s couldn’t decide if it was masculine/feminine/neither)

This is just some simple Giardinera Mix (Pickled Vegetables) Mezzetta is my favorite with Trader Joe’s Artichoke Hearts, Black Olives, Cornichon Pickles and Marinated Mushrooms mixed together, served with Cheddar Cheese. I will do a legitimate Antipasto plate post at some point. It will be after Lent so I can enjoy the breads that go with it 🙂

Antipasti

Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients

  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 8 Oz Brown Baby Bella Crimini Mushrooms
  • 8 Oz White Mushrooms
  • 16 Oz Arborio Rice
  • 1 Cup Dry White Wine ($2 Charles Shaw is my fav)
  • 8 Cups Vegetable Stock (You can also use Chicken or Beef Broth)
  • Kosher Salt & Cracked Pepper to your liking
  • Grated Parmesan/Romano Cheese
  • Freshly Chopped Basil

In a saucepan heat your Stock on low-medium heat. Slice all your mushrooms thin. Dice your onion with food chopper if you like, this is my favorite from Pampered Chef for $32. Warm your butter over Medium heat in a large skillet pan.

Risotto Steps 1-4

Add half of your diced Onions and Minced Garlic, stir for a minute. Add Crimini Mushrooms, then your White Mushrooms.

Risotto Steps 5-8

Stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes. Once, the mushrooms/onion mix is sautéed, turn off heat. In a large sauce pot over Medium heat, add Extra Virgin Olive Oil, add remaining Diced Onions.

Risotto Steps 9-12

Once Onions are translucent, add your Arborio Rice to the pot. Add your White Wine and stir until it is evaporated, about 3 Minutes.

Risotto Steps 13-15

Then, using a Big ladle, transfer warm Stock into Rice 1/2 Cup at a time. Once it has been absorbed, add another 1/2 cup. Repeat until all Stock is absorbed. Yes, this takes awhile… Then add your Sautéed Mushroom mix, Salt & Pepper to your liking and stir thoroughly.

Risotto Steps 16-18

Then serve on a Large plate or low rimmed bowl…

Risotto Step 19

Garnish with Freshly Grated Parmesan Romano Cheese and Thinly Sliced Basil

Risotto Finale

Simple Salad

  • Package of Butter Lettuce
  • 1/4 Cup Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  • 1 Avocado Sliced
  • Croutons (If you didn’t give them up for Lent… :()

Mustard Dressing

  • 4 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 4 TSBP Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano

Put everything into a Ramekin I love these ones from World Market and then whisk.

Salad Dressing

Using your tongs, mix together… And…

Salad

Simple French Green Beans

I found these French Cut Green Beans at my local Safeway for $2.49 the price is what determines my side dishes 🙂

  • 8 Oz of French Green Beans
  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • Pinch Kosher Salt/Ground Pepper

Whisk together and pour over steamed Green Beans

Green Beans I

Whisk together and pour over steamed Green Beans

Green Beans II

Wine

BV Chardonnay

For my birthday, last December we did the Sonoma Wine Trolley. We visited Buena Vista in Sonoma Valley, which is the first Premium winery ever in California. This 2009 Chardonnay from their Carneros Vineyards was only the second White Wine I’ve ever heard him say he liked. We had to get some. I’m going to go out and say it is THE BEST Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Hands down, and I’m not even sure what comes second after it. It’s not sweet, but you taste all the fruit elements. If ever in Sonoma, I highly suggest the Wine Trolley, it was a lot of fun, we didn’t have to worry about driving 🙂 You MUST go to Buena Vista the caves are open for tours, the buildings make you feel like you’re in Europe in 1900. It’s wine country perfection.

There you have it. Whether it be your Valentine’s Day dinner or a Meatless Friday Night Lent Dinner. You will be full, satisfied and not broke 🙂

What is your favorite Meatless Dinner? Let me know!

Magia!

-Mrs. Training

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