I was doing the grocery shopping on Saturday, nothing exciting about that, BUT when I went over to the mushroom section I found these!!!!!
500 grams of sweet, sweet love for the low price of 7euro.
After drooling and carrying on like a pork chop, I whizzed the trolley around to the rice aisle and grabbed some riso superfino ROMA, it was time for risotto!!!
We haven’t gone down this road yet for two reasons a) It hasn’t been cold enough and b) Alex hates risotto. I know this shouldn’t be a reason not to buy it but sometimes you need to fight the battles you know you have a chance of winning and other times….you just wait for a sleep over.
I love porcini mushrooms but to be honest I can’t remember the last time I had fresh ones? I’ve softened bucket loads of the dried variety but fresh? Saturday night was going to be an adults only dinner that much I knew. Max would of loved the risotto, however, I knew he would love a bowl of noodles with a fried egg more!
I didn’t want to shadow the flavour of the porcini so I made a porcini, pancetta and spinach risotto with a hint of lemon (it cuts through the spinach beautifully removing that fury taste you can get on your tongue). I don’t have much to say except it was delicious; the delicate porcini flavour was paired beautifully with the sweetness of the pancetta not to mention the perfume when cooking this dish, I thought my nostrils were going to be sniffed into the back of my head at one stage. The rice was creamy and I also used a pecorino cheese instead of parmesan. The flavours melded beautifully letting the porcini shine and rightly so.
I think everyone knows how to cook a risotto and if not I bet you have a recipe book on your shelf that tells you how, however, if you are needing a recipe look here and omit the flavours with mushrooms and bacon-easy!
The porcini love didn’t stop there, oh no!
I knew we had people coming over for a late Sunday lunch and I wanted to use the rest of the porcini. I was driving with my friend Sue on Sunday morning just outside of Florence when I rang Nic and directed the way I wanted the potatoes done. I know that sounds very bossy but I had my mind wrapped around this dish for a while and I knew he wouldn’t mind. Basically Nic sauteed the sliced porcini mushrooms with butter, garlic, salt and pepper then peeled and sliced potatoes into chunky slices and tossed them in with the sauteed mushrooms. He then put them in a baking dish, poured over warm chicken stock not quite covering all of the potatoes and baked it in a preheated oven (180 degree) for about an hour or until potatoes are soft. This is a very easy and tasty side for any meal, we just happened to serve it with BBQ meats (ribs, sausage and chicken), pesto beans and a radicchio and soft cheese and tomato salad (the cheese was a mystery….I was trying to buy a goat cheese but??). Sadly I have no photos of this lunch as the Prosecco came out in the beginning and life was a little relaxing, so make some of your own and let me know how it goes (the potatoes will work just as well with dried porcini soaked in the chicken stock).
I consider this a massive Italian treat and am truly loving this year……now I just have to go to the truffle festival this coming weekend and I’ll be in heaven!
I have been experimenting with different mushrooms ever since I found out that the cancer-fighting properties vary considerably with type (and my usual button go-to, whilst definitely fighting the good fight, was not really the world’s greatest superhero amongst mushroom-kind). (Also I’ve been hoping to find a mushroom my children like… they are not fans, although it turns out some are more palatable to them than others.)
Um, sorry, were we talking about you? Yes! So! I will have to keep an eye out for some porcini. It’s been a decent stretch between risottos so it must be time for another one, and that potato thing sounds interesting. (Funny, I’ve never really minded being bossy over the phone to my husband 🙂 .)
Mushrooms take a while with some. Max loved them after the age of 6 while Alex still thinks they are horrid? It’s the texture for him but I’ll keep trying. Porcini s are great the texture isn’t so slimy in my opinion….I’ll have to look up their healing abilities
More preventative than healing from my knowledge, and even then (I just checked my book) the porcini’s don’t rate their own mention. Which doesn’t mean they aren’t great, they just weren’t one of the eight mushrooms in the study referenced. (Oyster mushrooms came tops, by the way.)
I love oyster mushrooms but family not so keen…. Looks like they will be making a come back! Thanks for the info B
Wow that risotto look soooooooo good. And pecorino cheese? My mouth is watering 🙂 My older boy doesn’t like mushrooms either 😦
It was really yummy…..maybe in a few years he will like them??
Looks ao yummy once again! I love mushrooms, and now there are loads to be picked in the forest, but I need a girls dinner for that because not even my husband will eat them. Now that is a battle I have no chance to win… but I there’ll be risotto tomorrow anyway, one more dinner plan from you 🙂
It’s so hard when your the only one who likes something! Maybe you can sauté some on the side? Glad I have helped 🙂
I LOVE it when the Prosecco comes out early! This risotto looks fantastic. Confession: I have never made it. Maybe there is a chef in my upcoming blogs that will show me the way!
Never ever???? You are full of surprises!
That risotto looked fantastic I could almost taste it! I don’t make them much any more either because it is so hot here 😦
I didn’t like mushrooms for the first twenty five years of my life, hope for the boys yet!
Yes I remember you hating dad cooking the big field mushrooms because of the smell when I was a kid……I’ll hang in there then!
Yum! I’m the only mushroom eater in my house, and while I love them, they do not love me. 😦 But your risotto does look delicious! Ohhh, we went to a truffle festival somewhere around there when we lived in Florence. I remember that the kids were asleep in the car and we saw a sign for a truffle festival, so we followed it up, up, up to some tiny little village. We were obviously the only non-Italians, and whatever dish it was that we opted to try was horrible, but it was quite a memorable experience!
I wonder where you were?? Well I hope this will be yummy…..I’ve seen another blogger post great photos so I have my fingers crossed!
Hi Milly love your story can’t wait for the next installment. Love Jan xxx
Jan!!! You have made my day, so glad your enjoying it……you would love our little slice of Italy! Xxx
Never had fresh porcini mushrooms. The risotto, which we love, looked wonderful. It’s like you are in a food heaven
I couldn’t agree more!!