Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto is made with riced Cauliflower. It’s the star of this rich and creamy, vegetarian, healthier risotto. Basil, sherry and mushrooms add wonderful earthy flavors. Your whole family will love it!
Riced Cauliflower is Trending, and has been for years now.
Riced cauliflower is super easy to make and it’s perfect for my Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto.
What is Riced Cauliflower?
Riced cauliflower is simply whole, raw cauliflower grated into tiny pieces, approximately the size of grains of rice.
Once cooked, it becomes a fantastic alternative to rice for someone watching their carbs.
However, dietary purposes aside, it’s simply a lovely way to eat the awesome, versatile cauliflower.
How to Make Riced Cauliflower
Remove any outer green leaves from the cauliflower and then cut it in half. Then cut out the tough portions of the stem.
You can now grate or “rice” the cauliflower a few different ways.
- Food processor. Use the grater attachment OR the blade attachment. If you use the blade attachment, be careful not to blend it too long, and turn the machine off as soon as the cauliflower is in tiny pieces (the size of rice grains or bread crumbs).
- Hand held grater. Use a hand held grater — this takes longer and more muscle, but will do the job.
- Buy it! Since it’s gained so much popularity, you can find prepared riced cauliflower in most markets in the produce section.
This is clearly not a true risotto, and there’s no rice to be found.
In this cauliflower risotto recipe I somewhat emulated the cooking technique used for Arborio rice to make risotto, letting the grains of “rice” soak up a flavored cooking liquid, to create a creamy consistency.
Since the starch content is loads less, cauliflower will not have the same creaminess as Arborio rice would — but, finished with a little Parmesan and butter, this dish has a similar vibe to risotto, and it’s utterly delicious!
I hope you love every last “grain” of this Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto! 😉
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Mushroom Cauliflower Ristotto
- 1 approximately (1 ½ pound) cauliflower, washed and dried
- olive oil for the pan
- 2 cups (about ½ pound) Crimini mushrooms, washed and dried, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- ¾ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- ¼ cup cream sherry
- ½ cup lightly packed fresh basil, washed and dried, roughly chopped
- ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- Remove any outer green leaves from the cauliflower and then cut it in half. Cut out the tough portions of the stem.
- Now we're going to grate or "rice" the cauliflower. You can do this a few different ways: If you have a food processor, you can use the grater attachment OR the blade attachment. If you use the blade attachment, be careful not to blend it too long -- turn the machine off as soon as the cauliflower is in tiny pieces (the size of rice grains or bread crumbs). You can also use a hand held grater -- this takes longer and more muscle, but will do the job. Set the grated cauliflower aside.
- Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place it over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and spoon them into a bowl. Set aside.
- Turn the heat to medium and add 2 tablespoons of the butter. Once it's melted, add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often until they're soft, about 5 minutes.
- Now add the grated cauliflower and mix to be sure it's well coated with the onions, garlic and butter. Sauté for a few minutes and then add the stock and sherry. Mix, bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low-medium, just high enough to keep it simmering. After about 5 minutes, turn the heat up a bit and, stirring frequently, cook until all but a tablespoon or so of the liquid has been absorbed, about another 5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms back into the pan. Then add the basil, cheese and remaining tablespoon of butter. Stir to blend and season to taste with salt end pepper.