About this recipe:This is an elegant vegetarian dish or starter using autumn vegetables. It's quite a bit of work, but your guests will be impressed.
85g dried sliced shiitake mushrooms
560g cubed butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
950ml vegetable stock
3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
160g wild rice
450g Arborio rice
225ml dry white wine
120g crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
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Method Prep:40min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr40min
Combine the shiitake mushrooms and water in a bowl; allow to soak until the mushrooms have softened, about 30 minutes. Drain and reserve the liquid for later use.
Preheat an oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
Toss the butternut squash, olive oil and maple syrup together in a bowl until the squash is evenly coated. Spread on a baking tray.
Roast the squash in the preheated oven until tender yet retains its shape, about 30 minutes; set aside.
Bring the vegetable stock and the reserved liquid from the mushrooms to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat.
Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat; when the butter begins to foam, stir the onion into the butter and cook until the onions are soft and golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the wild rice and the Arborio rice through the onions until evenly mixed and coated. Add the white wine and mushrooms to the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed, 7 to 10 minutes.
Pour enough of the simmering stock mixture into the pan to cover the rice; cook and stir until the liquid is nearly completely absorbed. Continue adding stock about 200ml at a time, allowing each batch to absorb into the mixture before adding the next. Cook and stir until the rice is tender, about 35 minutes total. Add the butternut squash; cook until the squash is hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Quickly stir the Gorgonzola cheese and parsley into the mixture until the risotto is moist and creamy; remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.
Parmesan cheese can be used in place of Gorgonzola for those who aren't fans of blue cheese!