Arborio Rice

Portobello Mushroom & Herb Risotto

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Portobello Mushroom Risotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cannot believe I have never attempted a Risotto in this house before. After watching the show Chopped on the Food Network and learning what definitely not to do I set out to make my own. It is in fact super easy and while it takes a bit of time to make it is totally worth it!. This can be a meal in itself or serve it up as a very filling side dish. Either way you will have leftovers if you are cooking for just two people.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth (I used low sodium, No MSG)
  • 1 ½ cups Arborio Rice
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter (divided)
  • 1 Medium Shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp White Truffle Oil
  • 2 Tsp Pepper
  • 3 Medium – Large Portobello Mushrooms (chopped)
  • ½  Cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Thyme Leaves (if you use dried Thyme use 1 Tbsp)
  • ¼ Cup Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • ¼ Cup Chives (chopped)
  • 5 Tbsp Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

How To:

  1. In a pot bring your broth to a boil and set it aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt 2 Tbsp of butter then toss in your mushrooms.
  3. Drizzle the truffle oil over the mushrooms while they cook.
  4. Add in the pepper and thyme and combine. Allow the mushrooms to cook down for about 3-4 minutes. Set aside and cover.
  5. In a large pot melt the remaining butter with the olive oil. Add in the shallots and garlic and allow them to cook until golden.
  6. Add the rice and combine until the rice takes on a golden color as well.
  7. Pour in the wine and allow it to cook down.
  8. Add in 1 large ladle of broth and stir. Reduce the heat to medium. Once the liquid is cooked down add in another ladle of broth. (I had to add another ladle in every 3-4 minutes so keep the pot of broth close by)
  9. Continue stirring occasionally and adding the broth in in increments until all the broth is used.
  10. This process should take 20 – 30 minutes. By the end your rice will be perfectly soft and cooked.
  11. Once the rice is ready, add the cooked mushrooms with all their juices, parsley, chives and Parmesan, stir to combine.
  12. I served ours with some fresh chives and Parmesan on top but this is optional.

Chicken, Chorizo & Prawn Paella

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Paella

 

 

 

 

 

 

As promised here is my Paella recipe. This dish has it’s origins in Spain, more accurately, Valencia, located on the east coast of Spain. Paella also happens to be one of my father’s favorite dishes. I have vague recollections of this dish from my time in Spain but whenever my father reminisces about living in Spain, somehow Paella always manages to get mentioned. There are many different ways to go about making this dish. You can go the all seafood route, a meat and vegetable route, or the one I took which is a mix of all the above. So there you have my inspiration for last nights amazing meal, a walk down memory lane which started  off with me trying to figure out what to do with the boring looking chicken breasts I had defrosting in the fridge. I hope I did this fantastic dish justice. This recipe does take a bit more time than most of my other recipes, you will need approximately 2 hours but it is worth it for how much leftover food you have so do not be scared of all the ingredients and steps below 🙂

Helpful Tip: I put all the dry seasoning & spices in a small bowl so I could simply pour them in together and not have to fiddle around with various containers while cooking.

Ingredients:

  • 10 – 15 Raw Prawns (peeled)
  • 3 Chicken Breasts (cubed)
  • 2 Medium Chorizo (sliced) – I took mine out of the casing first
  • ½ White Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 ½ Red Peppers (chopped)
  • 4 Medium Carrots (sliced)
  • 1 (796ml) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Pinch Saffron
  • 2 Cups Arborio Rice
  • 4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 1 Chicken Stock Cube
  • 2 ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Cups Frozen Peas
  • ½ Cup Italian Parsley (chopped)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Lime Wedges for Seasoning at the end

How To:

  1. In a large deep skillet or paella pan, melt the butter with the olive oil, toss in the onion and fry on high until it is slightly golden.
  2. Add in the garlic, carrots and red peppers then saute for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add in the chicken breast and cook for approximately 5 minutes or until you can’t see any pink on the chicken.
  4. Pour in the entire can of tomatoes followed by the chorizo and stir until combined.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, add in the paprika, chicken cube (crumbled), garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne and saffron stirring constantly to combine it all.
  6. Pour in the rice. Cook for about 5 minutes to allow the rice to be coated in all the sauce. Stir constantly.
  7. Add in 3 cups of the boiling water slowly and stir carefully to combine everything.
  8. Cover the pan and cook on low – medium for 20 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
  9. Add in the leftover 1 cup of water slowly and combine.
  10. Cook for another 20 – 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  11. The rice will get plump and slowly start to stick a bit to the bottom of the pan. This is totally fine and adds a great flavor to the dish, just don’t let it burn completely and stir every so often.
  12. Once most of the liquid has evaporated, toss in your raw prawns and place the cover back on to allow the prawns to cook. (approx. 5 mins)
  13. Once the prawns are pink, toss in your parsley and frozen peas. Stir to combine evenly.
  14. Once the peas are defrosted and hot your dish is ready. Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

I served mine up with some fresh lime wedges to squeeze on the dish at the table. It adds a great little burst of flavor. 🙂 Enjoy.