I adapted Jamie Oliver's basic risotto recipe to vegan and then made it mushroomy....mmmmm! This is a wonderfully rich dish so you may prefer it as a starter :)
Mixed Mushroom Risotto
1.1 litres vegetable stock
2 Tbls vegan butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ head celery, finely chopped (I used 1 tsp celery salt in lieu)
400 g risotto rice
2 wineglasses dry white vermouth or dry white wine
4 cups mixed mushrooms (I used porcini, shiitake, oyster and portobello)
1 tsp dried tarragon
3 springs of parsley, chopped
Juice of one lemon
freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbls of vegan butter
90 g vegan Parmesan cheese
Heat the stock to nearly boil and then reduce heat to low and keep on a simmer.
In a separate pan, heat the olive oil and butter, add the onions, garlic and celery, and fry very slowly for about 15 minutes without colouring.
When the vegetables have softened, add the rice and turn up the heat to medium and keep stirring.
After a minute it will look slightly translucent.
Add the vermouth or wine and keep stirring.
Once the vermouth or wine has cooked into the rice, add in mushrooms and dried herbs and stir through.
Alternatively you can fry or grill your mushrooms separately and add once cooked.
Add your first ladle of hot stock and a good pinch of salt.
Turn down the heat to a simmer so the rice doesn't cook too quickly on the outside.
Keep adding ladlefuls of stock, allowing each ladleful to be absorbed before adding the next.
This will take around 15 minutes.
Carry on adding stock until the rice is soft but with a slight bite.
Don't forget to check the seasoning carefully.
If you run out of stock before the rice is cooked, add some boiling water.
Adding more stock will make the risotto too salty.
Add in lemon juice and fresh herbs.
Remove from the heat and add the butter and Parmesan. Stir well.
Place a lid on the pan and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
Season with salt and black pepper before serving.