Risotto is a traditional Italian dish that capitalizes on rice and its starch. The starch is converted into a creamy, delicious sauce that envelopes the rice in a sauce flavored by whatever you can think of. I made a mushroom risotto tonight for dinner. Shiitake mushrooms looked good today. I found some sliced cremini and dried porcini at the store as well.
Remember to watch salt in this dish. Use low sodium chicken stock and good sherry (don’t buy cooking sherry!!!). You can modify the salt content at the end of the cooking process. As everything reduces into the creamy dish, starting out with a high salt content may ruin your dish! Look below for the recipe that I made tonight. I employed a traditional risotto method and added mushrooms to enhance flavor. The traditional method includes the toasting process for rice, introduction of acid (sherry), and slow incorporation of liquid (chicken/mushroom stock)