Wild Mushroom Risotto

This creamy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at the farm on cold evenings—just remember to stir!

Ingredients:
1½ cups Arborio rice
4 cups warm F&L chicken stock
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic (if desired)
½-1 cup reconstituted (see method) Porcini mushrooms, sautéed until golden brown in butter
2 cups Hedgehog mushrooms, trimmed and also sautéed until golden brown in butter
8 tablespoons butter or olive oil
¼ cup grated Tomme, Parmesan or other Grana-style cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Method:
1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot.

2. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the shallots until soft but not brown. Add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes.

3. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice, stirring for about one minute. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine and continue stirring. Repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.

4. Stir in the remaining butter, all of the sautéed mushrooms and then the grated cheese, and stir until combined and the cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Baby Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Topped with sautéed mushrooms, this creamy and delicious risotto is a favorite here at the farm.

Ingredients:
1½ cups Arborio rice
4 cups chicken stock
½ cup white wine (if desired)
½ finely chopped onions or shallots
1-2 tablespoons chopped garlic (if desired)
8 tablespoons butter or olive oil (can use a mixture)
¼ cup grated Grana cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 cups baby Shiitake mushrooms, sautéed in butter
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Method:
1. In a saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil and then turn down to a simmer to keep hot.

2. In another large saucepan over medium low heat, melt 4-5 tablespoons of butter and cook the onions until soft but not brown. Add garlic and continue cooking for about 2 minutes. Turn the heat up and add the Arborio rice, stir for about one minute. Add a ladleful of stock to the rice and continue stirring until almost absorbed.

3. Add another ladleful of stock and the wine (if using) and continue stirring. Repeat until all the stock is gone and the rice is creamy and tender.

4. Stir in the remaining butter and grated Grana until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a generous helping of sautéed mushrooms to each portion of risotto, and sprinkle with fresh parsley and a grating of Grana-style cheese before serving.

Variation: Give this risotto a springtime twist by adding coarsely-chopped pea shoots, blanched peas and crispy pancetta as well!

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Winter Comforts Recipes

As last week’s frosty temps and snow sightings have been followed by a string of gray and drippy days, now is the time to cozy up to this week’s lineup of warm-and-wonderful offerings—rich, flavorful risotto accented with earthy mushroom duxelles and baby Shiitake mushrooms, plus Gruyère cheese bread, farm-fresh eggs and a vibrant produce selection that includes micro pea shoots, rainbow beets and pink Cipollini onions. Also complemented by crème fraîche and Fontina, plus an appealing blue cheese dressing, this lovely winter’s meal begs to be eaten fireside, tucked in your favorite chair, with a glass of wine in hand.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Duxelles & Baby Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Mixed with our own duxelles and then topped with sautéed mushrooms, this creamy and delicious risotto is a favorite here at the farm.

Italian Fontina ‘Fonduta’
Serve this classic Italian-style fondue with crudité and warm crostini, or with a poached fresh-farm egg on top!

Mushroom, Leek & Fontina Frittata
Perhaps best served at room temperature, this luscious frittata from Bon Appetit is a fantastic do-ahead entrée.

Micro Greens & Pea Shoots Salad with Hazelnuts
This stellar salad from Food & Wine is beautifully balanced with peppery micro greens and sweet micro pea shoots.

Warm Roasted Beets with Curry Spices
This heavenly side dish is fragrant with warm spices; a must-try for a chilly winter’s night.

Roasted Pink Cipollini Onions
These tender little onions are fabulous mixed into scrambled eggs.

Holiday Accoutrements Recipes

It’s almost turkey time—allow us to lend a helping hand with the big meal thanks to a beautiful assortment of housemade accoutrements like our earthy mushroom duxelles, apricot mostarda, cornbread mix and buttery galette dough, plus seasonal produce including pearl onions, fingerling potatoes, yams and Crimson Topaz apples. Also included: Provisions to incorporate into the day’s most classic dishes, from a brining kit and turkey stock to fresh chestnuts and locally-milled flour for your pies. Here’s to a happy holiday!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

How-To: Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Soaking a turkey overnight in a solution of salt and water ensures a moist, juicy interior; beautiful aromatics infuse it with flavor.

Potato-Leek Galette
A fantastic Thanksgiving appetizer or side!

How-To: Peel Pearl Onions
Master the art of peeling these petite beauties in just a few simple steps.

Glazed Pearl Onions
The longer these cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they become.

Mashed Potatoes with Duxelles
These decadent potatoes are mixed with mushroom duxelles for a satisfying finishing touch.

Potatoes à la Robuchon
Of all the haute cuisine in legendary chef Joël Robuchon’s repertoire, he was best known for these super-silky potatoes.

Cornbread-Sage Dressing with Caramelized Onions
Seasoned with fresh sage and caramelized red onions, this dressing will convert any stuffing lover.

Cranberry-Apple Galette
This country-style tart allows fall apples to shine, kissed with tart cranberries, brown sugar and a gorgeous honey glaze.

Apple Cider Syrup
Try it drizzled on apple pie!

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