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This recipe shows off the full range of your flexible French top, using the entire spectrum of low to high temperatures.

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Yield: 6 SERVINGS

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients
INGREDIENTS
10 tablespoons butter, divided

1½ pounds fresh wild mushrooms, trimmed and sliced

7 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

¾ cup finely diced leek, white and pale green parts only, discard dark green leaves

1¼ cups arborio rice

¼ cup dry white wine

¼ cup dry white vermouth

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for serving

Kosher salt

Black pepper

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Preparation Method

  1. In a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter.
  2. Add ¼ of the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt and pepper; do not crowd the mushrooms. Sauté until tender and starting to brown, 3–4 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a bowl.
  3. Repeat, using 2 tablespoons butter and ¼ of the mushrooms for each additional batch.
  4. In a medium saucepan, bring chicken broth to a simmer; keep warm.
  5. In a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter with olive oil. Add leek and a pinch of salt; sauté until tender, 4–5 minutes.
  6. Add rice and move skillet towards the center of the French top to increase heat to medium. Toast rice, stirring constantly, until edges of rice become translucent, 3–4 minutes.
  7. Add white wine and vermouth; stir until liquid is absorbed, about 1 minute.
  8. Add ¾ cup warm chicken broth; stir until broth is mostly absorbed, about 1 minute. Repeat, adding ¾ cup of broth at a time, stirring until broth is mostly absorbed before adding more, until rice is halfway cooked, about 10 minutes.
  9. Stir in sautéed mushrooms.
  10. Add broth ¾ cup at a time, stirring until broth is mostly absorbed before adding more, until rice is tender but still firm to bite and risotto is creamy, about 10 minutes.
  11. Stir in ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese. Transfer risotto to serving bowl. Pass additional Parmesan cheese alongside, if desired.