Klinker Brick Winery's Wild Mushroom Risotto

Creamy risotto enhanced with wild mushrooms, garlic and Parmesan cheese can be a satisfying entrée or side dish. The rich savory flavor begs for a juicy, ripe red wine like the Klinker Brick Winery Farrah Syrah.

Servings: 4

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Pair With: Klinker Brick Winery Farrah Syrah

Source: Recipe courtesy of Klinker Brick Winery; photo courtesy Lodi Winegrape Commission


3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
8 ounces mushrooms, any variety
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
3/4 cup Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley salt and pepper, to taste
thyme sprigs (optional)
asparagus, chopped and cooked (optional)


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover, keeping the stock hot.

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, cook until tender and slightly brown – about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add the rice, stirring well. Add the white wine and simmer, stirring constantly until the liquid is absorbed – about 2-3 minutes. Add 3/4 cup of the hot chicken broth. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the stock is absorbed.

Add the remaining broth 3/4 cup at a time, stirring frequently – allowing each addition to be fully absorbed before adding more, until the rice is just tender and the risotto is creamy.

Stir in the Parmesan cheese, thyme (optional), asparagus (optional), and butter. If the rice appears dry, add up to 1/4 cup water to loosen the risotto slightly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle parsley over top and serve.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Klinker Brick Winery

Fifth generation grape growers Steve and Lori Felten are often asked why they gave their winery the unusual name of Klinker Brick.