Gordon Ramsay, chef/owner of Gordon Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay at Claridges, both in London, created this recipe. A sophisticated side dish with roasted meat or poultry, this risotto could also serve as a stylish vegetarian entrée.
The rich earthiness of the wild mushrooms give this risotto the weight to stand up to a dry Oloroso Sherry; recommended producers include González Byass and Lustau.
3 medium-sized, ripe plum tomatoes
¾ pound wild seasonal mushrooms, such as cèpes, girolles, morels, or shiitakes
¾ cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil
6 cups fresh clear vegetable stock
3 shallots, finely chopped
¾ pound risotto rice (Carnaroli or Arborio)
¾ cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Fresh chervil sprigs, for garnish
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Score the tomatoes, then blanch them in the boiling water for about 10 seconds. Remove from the water, peel, quarter, and seed. Chop the flesh into small dice and set aside.
Trim the stems from the mushrooms, then wash quickly in cold water. Pat the mushrooms dry, and slice into small pieces.
Heat half the olive oil in a sauté pan or skillet until hot. Add the mushrooms and sauté over high heat until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the heat.
In a large saucepan, bring the vegetable stock to a boil. Add the rice and blanch it in the boiling stock for 5 minutes. Drain the rice over a heatproof bowl, reserving the stock. Cool the rice by spreading it on a baking tray.
Prior to serving, sauté the shallots in a large, shallow pan in more of the olive oil about 3 minutes, or until softened. Add the white wine and cook until it is reduced. Return the blanched rice to the pan and heat. Gradually stir in the reserved stock, a little at a time, continuing to add just enough to achieve a creamy consistency. Cook until the grains are just al dente, which is soft but still a bit crunchy.
Mix in the mushrooms, mascarpone, and half the Parmesan. Stir in the tomatoes and chopped herbs. Check the seasonings, and add salt and pepper if desired. Transfer the risotto to a shallow serving dish, top with remaining Parmesan, garnish with the chervil sprigs, and serve at once.