I have a confession, I am addicted to making risotto in my pressure cooker. Since discovering the wonder of making perfect risotto in minutes using this amazing device, I make it all the time. Lunch on a Saturday, let’s have risotto. Dinner on Tuesday, sure risotto would be a tasty side.
Now I realize this is the third risotto recipe I have posted (if you are hungry, check out apple cheddar risotto and mushroom risotto) but it is too delicious to keep to myself. This recipe uses fresh mushrooms cooked down until they are brown and meaty and fresh spinach to add lovely color and flavor. Chicken stock spiked with vermouth adds unusual flavor notes to the rice. Finally, stirring in some shredded swiss cheese adds a nice bite to the creamy dish.
If you wanted, you could adapt this recipe for stove top cooking. Just heat the liquid and add it, a ladle at a time, to the rice and stir constantly until it is absorbed. Repeat until the rice is creamy.
2 tbls butter, divided
5 oz cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbls olive oil
8 oz fresh spinach, washed and tough stems trimmed off
1 cup aborio rice
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup dry vermouth
3 oz swiss cheese
In a medium skillet heat 1 tbls olive oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the well drained spinach and sautee until just starting to wilt, about 2 minutes. Remove the spinach to a colander and let drain while the risotto is cooking.
In your pressure cooker (or whatever pot you will be using to make the risotto), melt 1 tbls butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onion, and garlic and cook until browned and the mushrooms have given up their liquid, about 15 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat the grains with butter. Cook the rice, stirring until toasted, about 3 minutes.
Add the chicken stock and vermouth, put the lid on the pressure cooker, and bring to pressure. Cook for 8 minutes. Release the pressure and stir in cheese, spinach, and remaining tbls butter until smooth and creamy.
Serves 2 as a main course, 4 as a side dish.