Vegan Recipe: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto

Fancy dried mushrooms combine with baby bellas and marinated artichokes to produce an earthy and tangy risotto more than capable of standing up to any traditional version. 

1 pint baby bella mushrooms, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/3 cup fancy dried mushrooms, diced (such as chanterelles and morels)
1 small jar marinated artichoke hearts
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup arborio rice
2 shallots, diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 1/2 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry thymeI got a large bag of 'chef's blend' fancy dried mushrooms on amazon. It's great for adding umami depth to broths and sauces. 

A mushroom risotto is awesome with just humble mushrooms, but add some more exotic ones as well, and you've really got something. 

Normally I'll use tomato for acid in a risotto, but this time I went with artichokes. I love artichokes. They offer a unique flavor and texture that creates an entirely different risotto experience. I know there is a certa…

Caramelized Mushroom and Onion Stew

I'm gonna call this one a stew. It's an onion and mushroom based broth that's thickened with a little flour.

Why thicken it and not just leave it as broth consistency?

It eats differently than a soup this way. It feels heartier. It has a sauce like viscosity that coats the other ingredients as well as the tongue.

3 medium tomatoes, diced
1 pint white mushrooms, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, diced
2 jalapeno, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
Skins from the onion
1 can garbanzos, drained and risned
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 dry white wine
5 cups water
2 tbls flour
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl hot sauce
1 tbl dijon mustard
1 tbl dry basil
1 tbl salt
2 tsps aleppo pepper flakes or crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps garlic powder
2 tsps black pepper

Caramelize the mushrooms and onions in a large stock pot with the olive oil and half the salt. When mushrooms and onions are nicely browned, about 20 minutes, deglaze with wine.Cook off wine for 2 minutes.

Add water, mustard, hot sauce, green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno, garlic, spices, remaining salt.

Place onion skins in a cheese cloth or a tea leaf holder and submerge in the mixture. You just want a porous vessels for it sit in the pot and infuse its flavor where you can later easily remove it.

Whyy use the onion skins? There's huge flavor in there as well as an abundance of nutrients. It's worth the effort.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Add beans and simmer 10 more minutes.

Stir in flour. Simmer 5 more minutes.