Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mushroom and Apricot Risotto

Earthy mushrooms, tender Arborio rice, and sweet bits of apricot.  This is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. Be sure to use completely ripe apricots or they'll be too tart. I used a combination of shiitake any oyster mushrooms, but use whatever you find that's good and flavorful.

Olive oil
1 large shallot, minced (or 1/2 onion)
2 cups Arborio rice
4 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
12 oz mushrooms, stemmed and diced
4 small apricots, pitted and diced
1 cup grated Parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a bit of olive oil in your pressure cooker. Add the shallot and saute for about 2 minutes.  Add the rice and saute for a minute or so, until translucent.  Add the stock and stir well, then cover and bring the cooker to pressure.  Cook for 7 minutes at pressure, then release.

While the rice cooks, heat a bit more olive oil in a skillet, then add the mushrooms.  Saute over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, until tender, then add the apricots and cook for about 1 minute more.

Stir the Parmesan into the rice once it's cooked, then stir in the mushroom and apricot mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve hot.

Serves 4-6 as a main dish.

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