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Wild mushroom rice pilaf

Recipe by:Chad Minton
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups mushroom stock
  • 3 cups white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sherry
  • pinch thyme
  • pinch rosemary
  • kosher salt (to taste)
  • cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons whole butter
  • 1 pinch minced garilc

Directions

In a stock pot, combine 12 cups of water and 3 cups of chopped white button mushrooms. Boil on medium heat until mushroom stock is reduced to 2 cups of liquid.

In a heavy bottom pan, add a dash of vegetable oil, a touch of butter and finely chopped onions, carrots, sliced shiitake mushrooms and minced garlic. Brown for one to two minutes, adding a pinch of thyme and rosemary while stirring. Add rice to saute for one minute before adding mushroom stock. Cover and cook for about one hour on a very low heat.

The pilaf should be delicate, fluffy and infused with a rich mushroom flavor. Add chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste after cooking.

Serves 6.

Chef Chad Minton suggests poaching a chicken breast with mushroom broth and sliced baby carrots as a main dish to accompany the pilaf.

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