A Cornish girl's food adventures

Mushroom grain risotto

I am not a mushroom fan. The fact that they are so often the go-to veggie option actually makes me a little mad. Seriously, who decided that whacking a portobello mushroom in a bap made for a decent veggie burger? Yuk!
It’s not the flavour that bothers me though, it’s the texture. If you cut up a mushroom small enough there’s a chance that I will actually enjoy it. And I know that they’re really good for me so I’ve been trying to sneak more of them into my diet, disguising them in bolognese and the like. This is a recipe that I actually really enjoy and will happily tuck into any night of the week. Lots of lovely, chewy, nutty grains and rich flavours from the marsala, mushrooms and miso. Nutritious and delicious!

This requires a lot less babysitting than a traditional risotto, there’s a lot less stirring for a start! I’ve used wheatberries but use whatever quick cook grains you like…

serves 2 generously
1 tbsp olive oil
2 shallots, sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
200g mushrooms, diced
200g quick cook wheatberries (like Ebly)
2 tbsp marsala
1/2 tbsp shiro (white) miso
500ml vegetable stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried sage
black pepper
70g grated parmesan
2 tbsp creme fraiche

Heat the oil in a large lidded pan and gently fry the shallots, carrots and mushrooms until the shallots are just starting to take on a little colour. Add the garlic and the wheatberries and cook for a minute or two longer before pouring over the marsala.
Add the herbs, stock and miso paste and bring the pot to boiling point. Reduce the heat a little, pop the lid on the pan and let it simmer until the wheatberries are tender and the stock has been absorbed.
Stir in the creme fraiche and most of the parmesan (keep a little back for serving) and season with black pepper to taste. Serve whilst piping hot, topped with a little sprinkle of cheese and perhaps a few freshly chopped herbs.

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