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…

Tofu Romesco

This is a variation on a classic Spanish romesco sauce. It's simple, yet very tasty. 

1 red bell pepper, roughly diced
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 package silken firm tofu
3 cloves garlic
2 tbls olive oil
2/3 cup water
1 tbls salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps ground cumin
2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp garlic powder

Saute the red pepper in a large frying pan with a little of the salt and oil. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat. 

Pour in the water. Add garlic. Continue cooking until most of the water is gone.  

Garlic and pepper should be tender. If not, add 1/4 more water and continue to simmer until peppers are tender. 

Add other ingredients to food processor. 

When pepper/garlic are done add those to the food processor, including any remaining liquid in the frying pan. Don't waste that flavor. 

Puree until smooth. 

It's great right away, but you can stash it in the fridge to firm up some more. 

It's a soup, it's a sauce, it's a puree. It's plant powered deliciousness.