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Baked Mushroom Risotto – Why Stir When You Can Stare at an Oven?

It’s not often that I post a video for an alternative method on a classic recipe before I’ve actually shown the real deal, but
that’s what we have with this incredible baked mushroom risotto.

I was playing around with a baked paella recipe, and began
wondering what would happen if I used a similar method for doing risotto. As
you’ll see, the beginning and the end of the recipe are pretty standard, but
we’ve taken the middle 15 minutes and moved it into the oven, in an attempt to
eliminate those dreaded “variables.”

The size, shape, and thickness of your pan, how fast you add
the liquid, and how high your heat is are factors that can wildly affect the
outcome when done on the stovetop. By using the oven for the majority of the
cooking, we don’t have as many things to worry about.

Of course, you still need to finish this thing off yourself,
and taste and test for doneness and seasoning, but that goes for any recipe. The
goal is to have the rice come out of the oven between 80-90% cooked, so that
all it takes is a final addition of liquid, and a few minutes of stirring to
recreate that signature “sauce” that makes this dish so famous.

I used a variety of risotto rice called “Carnaroli,” which is
known as “the king of rices.” Thanks to a higher starch content and
slightly longer grain, Carnaroli produces a beautifully creamy sauce, while
still maintaining a firm, toothsome texture. You should be able to find it
fairly easily at those fancy grocery stores, but if not, it’s readily available

If you end up using Arborio rice, the most popular variety
sold for risotto, I’d suggest checking this after 10 minutes in the oven, as I
suspect it will cook slightly quicker than the Carnaroli. Besides, you can
always cook it an extra few minutes at the end. As many of us have learned the
hard way, you can’t un-cook something.

Besides being easier and more repeatable, this method
produced a risotto that was identical in looks, taste, and texture to anything
I can do on the stove. Having said that, I enjoy standing at the stove making
risotto the traditional way, as it’s one of the best meditations ever, so it
will be interesting to see which method I use the next time I’m craving the

Anyway, whether you’ve always been afraid to try risotto, or
you’ve mastered it and are just curious, I hope you give this a try soon.

Ingredients for 4 portions:
3 tbsp butter
3 cups diced mushrooms
1/2 yellow onion, diced
salt and pepper to taste
cayenne to taste
1 cup Carnaroli or Arborio rice
2 1/2 cups chicken broth, plus more if desired
1/2 cup cream, plus a few tablespoons to finish
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (don’t use that
fake crap)
2 tbsp sliced chives

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This classic recipe of sliced potatoes, bacon and melting cheese is often served to skiers and families in the French Alps as it is so comforting and filling on a cold winters day. All your family and friends will love this and any left overs are good warmed up the next day too

  • Serves: 6

  • Prep time: 20 mins

  • Cooking time: 25 mins

  • Total time: 45 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

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Reblochon cheese is traditionally used, but you can also use Taleggio or a well-flavoured Camembert.


  • 750g potatoes, peeled
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 150g smoked back bacon, snipped
  • 1 onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 150ml dry white wine
  • 4tbsp crème fraiche
  • 150g Reblochon or cheese


  1. Cut the potatoes in half and boil in lightly salted water for 10 minutes until just tender but not too soft. Drain and cool.
  2. Meanwhile fry the onions in the oil for 10 minutes until transparent and soft but not browned. Add the bacon and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 210°C/410°F/Gas Mark 5. Cut the potatoes into thin slices and place in a 2ltr baking dish. Pour the wine into the pan with the onions and bring to the boil then pour it over the potatoes. Drizzle with crème fraiche. Remove the rind from the cheese and cut into thin slices and arrange over the top. Season with black pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes until tender and golden brow.

By Nichola Palmer

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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