Bacon and Mushroom Risotto

Featured by Fess Parker Winery in the Gold Wine Club.


8 oz. bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
12 oz. Arborio rice
1 medium white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 oz. Chardonnay
1 quart chicken stock, warmed
6 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
10 oz. portabello mushrooms, stems removed, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 oz. unsalted butter
Salt and pepper to taste


In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring often. Cook until browned and just started to get a little crispy. With slotted spoon, remove bacon and drain on paper towels. Pour off all but 3 Tablespoons of bacon fat from skillet. Add garlic, onions, and mushrooms to skillet and saute 4 to 5 minutes, until onions start to soften. Add Arborio rice, stir until all the rice is coated in bacon fat. Cook until pearled, about 1 minute. Add Chardonnay, stirring often. Cook until the wine is absorbed into the rice. Once absorbed, start adding the chicken stock. Add 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly. When stock is almost absorbed into the rice, add another cup. Continue this process until stock is gone; should take between 20 to 25 minutes. When done adding stock, stir in the cooked bacon, cheese, and butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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