Lisa Eberhahn, Challenge 3

  • Lisa Eberhahn made Pastor Risotto with Elixir Popcorn Mushrooms for the third challenge in the 2019 Cook of the Week Challenge.

    Lisa Eberhahn made Pastor Risotto with Elixir Popcorn Mushrooms for the third challenge in the 2019 Cook of the Week Challenge. COURTESY OF LISA EBERHAHN

 
Updated 10/22/2019 3:10 PM

I prepared Pastor Risotto with Elixir Popcorn Mushrooms.

For this round, the popcorn is a fun addition and the most challenging of all the ingredients for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Lisa Eberhahn of Mt. Prospect.
Lisa Eberhahn of Mt. Prospect.

My original thought was a savory popcorn ball. While they tasted delicious, they became soggy very quickly. I ended up coating the popcorn with the ketchup elixir. Seems easy enough, but I had to experiment with the size of the popcorn. It had to be small enough to top the mushrooms but big enough to stand up to the elixir. Once perfected, I ended up with caramel corn like consistency, which is a nice contrast against the mushrooms.

Since the pork was a little bit fatty, I tried to cook it well done, thinking it would become more like bacon. It only became overcooked, so I cooked according to package directions. It's a great addition to risotto because it's cut thin but still gives a little bit of chew.

For me, there were so many possibilities with this round of ingredients. I decided to go with a risotto dish to ring in the chilly weather. Everyone in my family loved this dish.

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