Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Risotto ai finferli (with chanterelle mushrooms)

It is still quite warm in this corner of the world but you can definitely tell fall has arrived when walking through the market stands. Figs, pumpkins, apples, chestnuts, grapes everywhere. I couldn't resist when I saw a bright yellow basket of chanterelles the other day (although I was not quite as excited while I stood in my kitchen cleaning them). There really is nothing better for an early Sunday dinner than a nice, creamy risotto that tastes like the forest in autumn.
You can pretty much put anything you fancy into a risotto but there are a few things that are a must in my book and that involve a lot of Italian words like al dente, all'onda, mantecazione, Vialone nano and Carnaroli.
Go here if you want to find out what any those words mean or if you need a risotto tutorial. I made an exception to one of my rules and used chicken stock to make my mushroom risotto instead of vegetable stock because I had some homemade stock in the freezer and I thought it would add flavor to the dish.
The amounts below are approximate. 
Ingredients (5/6 servings)
500gr chanterelle mushrooms (finferli)
500gr rice
vegetable/chicken stock
2-3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
pepper for garnish
Clean and chop the mushrooms into bite size pieces. Heat olive oil in a heavy-based pot and the stock in a separate pot. Peel and chop up a couple of cloves of garlic and lightly brown in the oil. Add in the mushrooms and a most of the parsley (set aside a little for garnish) and cook a few minutes before toasting the rice. Cook the risotto following the tutorial. Remember to add the butter and grated Parmesan cheese a few minutes before serving, making sure you mix fast to release the starch. Garnish with a little more parsley, a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and pepper.
For a vegetarian dish, substitute chicken stock for vegetable stock.



  1. My favorite type of risotto is with mushrooms; however, I have not had the privilege to taste chanterelles. and they look so appealing! Here in Lebanon Italian rice is used a lot in cooking and pastry and is not very expensive, however mushrooms are scant, for some reason!

  2. I adore mushroom risotto. We add a few soaked dry porcini to ours too, often with a little crispy bacon and thyme but this recipe looks divine too. Sometimes the classics are the best.

  3. Love, love, love risotto with mushrooms! I want some@@

  4. Gosh, I've not made an autumn risotto yet! I love risotto and funny you mention it because girolles and chanterelles just appeared on the market. I'll be making this this week. Maybe with your Polenta cake!

  5. I definitely share your love of Autumn foods—and chanterelles are near the top of the list.

    By the way, just switched from making risotto with arborio to Vialone nano, and I'm so glad I did. It cooks beautifully!


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