This straightforward dish doesn’t have to be. Here, five ways chefs make mushroom risotto even more delicious.
1. Mix dried and fresh mushrooms
Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and The Nomad in New York City knows that dried mushrooms give you two ingredients in one: The mushroom itself plus its super flavorful soaking liquid. While expensive, dried porcini mushrooms go a long way, with a single ounce being enough to flavor a pot of risotto for four.
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2. Make a crispy topping
Even when it’s great, the texture of risotto can be a bit monolithic. The way to combat this? Sprinkle crisp shards of pancetta on top, as French chef Frédéric Anton does.