I never knew that I liked Gorgonzola. That's probably because I am not a fan of blue cheese but Gorgonzola dolce is much milder than any blue cheese I have tasted. It tastes wonderful in pasta and risotto. This is a recipe that you must try! I have held off on posting this recipe because both times I made it I was too rushed and never took a really nice single serving photo to share with you. So, the best photo I have is of the risotto in the pot. It doesn't do it justice but I trust that you all can tell that this is a great recipe and will try it anyway. Hey, if you do, will you send me your finished photo? I'd love it if you posted it to my facebook page!
I can't seem to find dried porcinis but I do have a HUGE container of dried mixed mushrooms from costco. That's what I used and will be using since it will probably last a whole year. I also added some fresh diced cremini mushrooms and fresh wild mushrooms another time for their texture. If you decide to add some to yours you can do that after you saute the onions. Make sure you don't disturb them too much. Whenever you cook mushrooms you want a deep golden color. They will have a deeper flavor and better texture.
Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, 2008
Serves: 4 to 6
4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 1/2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
3/4 cup (3 ounces) Gorgonzola, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the porcini mushrooms. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms and set aside.
Reheat the stock to a simmer and keep warm over low heat.
In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until the onions are tender but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of warm stock and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue with remaining stock, adding 1/2 cup at a time, and allowing each addition to be absorbed, until the rice is tender to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan, Gorgonzola, chives, salt and pepper. Transfer the risotto to a serving bowl. Serve immediately.
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