Garlicky Pork and Mushroom Risotto

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
PaulaG
Recipe by FlemishMinx

I won't kid you: this is no "fast-n-e-z" risotto recipe, but one that is well worth the effort. Italian comfort food at its best! So pour yourself a nice glass of wine (perhaps the one you are using in the recipe) while you're in the kitchen and enjoy yourself while creating this gift of love :) Preparation time does not include time to chill pork before slicing.

Top Review by slatescapes

I created an account in order to write a review of this recipe. It's a good start but it has some critical flaws. The recipe only calls for about half the amount of rice it should. Use 400 grams, which should be about two cups. Saute the mushrooms well. I'm not sure why the author doesn't want the mushrooms to cook. It's a risotto, not a salad. Add the wine right after you have sautéed the rice. Stir until it has been absorbed, then begin adding the broth in the same way. While I'm not against playing around and changing traditional techniques, adding the wine at this stage changes the rice and makes it more permeable to the liquid. It also gives it a chance to cook and become a complex flavor in the finished dish. I'm not sure what the purpose of throwing it in at the end is. Salt the poem and let it sit a few minutes before you cook it. I used homemade chicken stock instead of bouillon. You could use bouillon, but if you have stock, homemade or otherwise, I highly recommend it instead. All in all it's a good recipe IDEA, it just needs some work on execution.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Slice the pork AGAINST the grain as thinly as possible;.
  2. if using un-frozen pork, place it in the freezer beforehand for 30 minutes to one hour which will make this much easier (if using pre-frozen pork, simply slice it before it is completely thawed).
  3. Heat 1 TBS of the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pan (I use a non-stick one), and when it is hot, add the flattened garlic clove.
  4. Fry the garlic till it is browned, then remove and discard.
  5. Add the pork slices and quickly stir-fry till completely cooked through (just a few minutes); remove and set aside.
  6. Heat the butter and remaining olive oil in the pan.
  7. Add the onion and minced garlic and saute just until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  8. Add in the rice and mix well to coat the grains with the oil.
  9. While doing this, bring the water with chicken bouillon cubes added to a boil in a large pot, then reduce to a low simmer.
  10. Using a one-cup ladle, add enough of the simmering broth just to cover the rice, adjusting the heat under the rice so that it is at a low simmer.
  11. As the rice absorbs this liquid, add another ladleful of the simmering broth to the rice, stirring as needed and repeatedly adding more broth just as the previous amount is absorbed by the rice (but never allowing the rice to go completely dry); this process will take 30-45 minutes, but can't be rushed.
  12. After the last of the bouillon is absorbed, the rice will be cooked and creamy in consistency.
  13. Add in the cream, wine, paprika and cheese and mix well.
  14. Add in the mushrooms, parsley and pork slices, again mixing well.
  15. Allow to simmer an additional 2-3 minutes, to heat everything through and till the mushrooms just begin to wilt but not cook.
  16. Add pepper if needed, then serve immediately.

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