Posts Tagged ‘Salsola’

Wild Mushroom and Salsola Risotto

I was given a lovely selection of wild mushrooms by a friend and wanted to make a favourite of mine from my vegetarian days, wild mushroom risotto, usually i’ll keep it nice and simple but I wanted to add a touch of something green to give the dish a little more life, so I picked a handful of salsola from the garden.

As with so many good recipes, start by gently sweating a finely chopped onion and some garlic in a large frying pan on a low heat, in a dash of olive oil and a knob of butter, they should be nice and soft and not taking any colour. Add about 200g Arborio risotto rice, after a few minutes, add a glass of white wine and allow to reduce, then add a good dash of vegetable stock. If you have some dry porcini mushrooms, let these soak in a cup of warm water for a few minutes until hydrated, and then pour the dark liquid into the rice.

Keep adding a little stock at a time until the rice is starting to become soft, and pop your mushrooms, fresh and dried into a frying pan with a knob of butter and fry off, adding the salsola to cook for the last minute or two.

Once the risotto is ready it should be lovely and smooth and creamy with still a slight bite to the grains, season with a little salt and pepper, and stir in a knob of butter and some grated parmesan.

Serve in a bowl with the mushrooms and salsola piled on top of the rice, and garnish with some chopped flat leaf parsley and some parmesan shavings, and a little splash of olive oil.

 

Salsola…a samphire alternative?

Marsh Samphire has to be one of my all time favourite vegetables, fresh, crunchy and salty it is also highly seasonal, and recently trendier and hence more expensive, so I was very pleased to come across Salsola Soda in the Real Seeds catalogue last winter. It’s a salad vegetable that is very popular in Italy and Japan, and to my taste also very similar to samphire.

It can be used raw in a salad dressed with a light lemony vinaigrette, or lightly steamed with a little butter or olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little seasoning, which was what I did.

I’ve been very impressed with the productivity of the few plants I grew, but found it quite tricky to germinate, and found it important to keep weeds at bay around the seedlings as they become swamped easily. It is definately a plant I plan to grow again next year.

 

 

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