Friday, August 14, 2009

Daring Cooks: Rice with Mushrooms and Artichokes

Time for another Daring Cooks dish! This month's challenge was hosted by the gracious Olga of Olga's Recipes. She hails from Spain, and chose a traditional rice dish by Spanish chef José Andrés . The original recipe called for cuttlefish, but I've been leaning towards vegetarianism a bit these days (not completely, just tendencies), so I took Olga's suggestion and used potatoes instead.

Daring Cooks: Rice with Mushrooms and Artichokes

There were 3 distinct parts to this meal: the sofregit, which was a thick tomatoey, oniony, garlicky sauce; the alioli, an extremely potent garlic-olive oil mixture that's used as a condiment; and then the rice dish itself, which incorporates the sofregit and lots of other fun ingredients including artichoke hearts and mushrooms. I was able get all of the veggies from the Farmer's Market too, which made me happy.

Daring Cooks: Sofregit

Daring Cooks: Alioli

This was another "Daring" success. I'd love to make it again in the winter, it was quite a hearty comfort food. Thanks, Olga, for pushing my culinary boundaries! Be sure to head over to Olga's blog for the recipe and the Daring Cooks blogroll to see what everyone else came up with. Big thanks to my friend Anne for loaning me her mortar and pestle, and to my taste-testers Andy, Jon, and Victor for their willingness to taste my experiments!


Anna said...

Hmmm, great job. Your completed dish looks very delicious! :)

Simon said...


Nice work :)

Would I be right in thinking that you used the traditional recipe for the alioli?

Amy I. said...

Thank you!

@Simon You are correct, I should have mentioned that in my post!

Jenn said...


Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

Hi Amy! Your dish turned out so yummy looking and beautiful!

I have a little something for you over at my blog:

Have a great day!

Jen said...

Wow, your sofregit looks really yummy!

Michele said...

Your rice looks just delicious!

Simones Kitchen said...

That looks delicious! Great choice too to use potatoes instead of the squid (which I should have done probably...:))

Anonymous said...

Would have loved to see photos of the farmer's market.

From what I can see the tasters should be thanking you.

Lauren said...

Yum! Your dish looks amazing, and the photos are gorgeous =D. Awesome job with this challenge!!

Audax said...

vegetarianism omg excellent choice and the potatoes sound wonderous. Thank you for the nice comments you left on my blog. They pictures looks O so good. Bravo on the fabuolous results. Yes it is winter in Australia and this was perfect. Cheers from Audax.

Tres Jolie Studios said...

Looks wonderful, great job on the challenge Amy!

isa said...

Your spanish rice look delicious - I loved the idea of using potatoes!
I did a vegetarian version too with red lentils.
Great job!

Anonymous said...

We will miss you this week. Love to your beautiful mom.

Alan A

Rose said...

Well done :) I really missed making the Allioli! >.< next time!

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