Nothing says “I love you” to a vegan like a piping hot bowl of comfort topped with decadent mushrooms. This Valentine’s Day, treat your plant based hunny to homemade vegan lobster mushroom risotto.
This risotto is cheesy and creamy, and everything a risotto should be, without the heavy dairy.
Unique lobster mushrooms bring the dish up a notch for a special occasion.
Top with a swirl of pink cashew cream for a pop of colour and rich roasted garlic flavour.
Vegan Lobster Mushroom Risotto with Pink Garlic Cream
Pink Garlic Cream:
- 5-8 garlic cloves
- 5 tbsp. non dairy milk (almond)
- 1/3 c. raw cashews
- 1 tbsp. grated beet
- 1/4 tsp. liquid smoke
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Roast the garlic cloves in a bit of olive oil for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Add to blender with remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
- 1 c. arborio rice
- 2 tbsp. vegan butter
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 4 c. homemade vegan stock
- 1 c. lobster mushrooms
- ground sage
To begin, thinly chop lobster mushrooms and saute in a 1 tbsp. of vegan butter. Keep a few of the best looking mushrooms whole for plating. Remove cooked mushrooms to a separate bowl. In the same pot add remaining 1 tbsp. of vegan butter, add rice and cook for a few minutes on medium heat stirring occasionally. Gradually pour in warmed vegan stock a 1/2 cup at a time. Let the rice completely absorb the liquid and return to a simmer in between half cups. Stir frequently, every thirty seconds or so. This should take about twenty minutes.
After all the stock is incorporated and the risotto is cooked al dente, stir in the sauteed chopped mushrooms, nutritional yeast, and a dash of ground sage. Your homemade vegan stock already has salt, so season to taste with salt, pepper, and dried parsely. Top with beautiful, vibrant lobster mushrooms and dollops of pink garlic cream.
- I’m not a huge fan of beets, they’re a bit earthy for my taste. However, the pink garlic cream adds an incredible richness and depth to the risotto without the beet taste. The star of the show really is the roasted garlic.
- If you like the way the pink garlic cream adds a pop of colour, you may enjoy this recipe for hot pink rice that is fun for Valentine’s Day.
- If this is your first time making risotto, be sure to check out these tips from Bon Appetit.
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