Rich in umami, this Japanese-inspired vegan risotto seriously satisfies with savory caramelized mushrooms, white miso, and creamy Forager Project Cashewmilk reduction. A blend of two different cultures. Risotto is a traditional Italian rice dish, while miso originates from Japan. Mushrooms are common in both Italian and Japanese cuisine, although the specific varieties may be different. This recipe recommends either maitake or oyster mushrooms. Risotto takes about 30 minutes to prepare. It is easy to cook but requires a lot of attention as you add small portions of broth at a time and stir until the rice absorbs it.
The name “risotto” comes from the Italian word for “rice.” Along with pasta, it is recognized as a quintessential Italian dish. Part of what gives risotto its characteristic creamy consistency is the way it is cooked. It is prepared in broth, which you add to the pan a little bit at a time. Cooking the rice gradually causes it to give up its starch. As you’re cooking it, the rice should flow back together after you run a spoon across the bottom of the pan. Once you transfer it to a plate, if you tilt one side up the risotto should flow slowly like lava to the other side.
Rich in vitamin D, maitake mushrooms are popular in Japan but also grow in Canada and the United States. Oyster mushrooms are native to North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East and are among the largest of edible mushrooms.
Miso is a Japanese condiment that gives dishes an “umami” flavor. “Umami” doesn’t translate well from Japanese, but is often described as a savory, meaty flavor. What makes it so great, is that it delivers savory deep flavor as a vegan ingredient. It is typically made from a combination of grain (e.g., barley or rice), soybeans, and koji, which is a type of mold. Miso is fermented for weeks or even years and is usually formed into a paste. There are essentially two types of miso you will run into, light and dark. Light or white miso consists of more grains and less soybean content and doesn’t ferment as long. As a result, it is sweeter and lighter in flavor. We recommend starting with light if you are new to miso as a flavor.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serving Size: 4-5 servings
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