Sweet Corn Risotto
This sweet corn risotto truly tastes like summer. Light and creamy, it is perfect for al fresco dining and will have everyone excited about fresh corn season!
- 3 ears of corn, shucked
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, divided
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
- Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano-Reggiano), plus more for serving
- Fresh basil, for garnishing
Cut the corn kernels off the cobs (see notes). In a heavy-bottomed high-sided skillet, over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the corn kernels and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes.
Remove from the heat and transfer 1/3 of the cooked corn to the jar of a blender. Reserve the remaining corn in a bowl.
Pour the heavy cream in the blender with the corn. Blend until smooth. Reserve.
In a medium sauce pan, heat the broth over medium high heat, until simmering. Lower the heat to the lowest setting to keep the broth warm while you cook the risotto.
Place the skillet back on the stove, over medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, add the minced shallots and sauté until softened, about 1-2 minutes.
Add the arborio rice and stir to coat in the fat. Cook for about a minute, or until the rice is toasty and releasing a nutty aroma but not browned. Season with a pinch of salt and white pepper. Pour in the white wine and cook until fully absorbed, about 1 minute.
Add a ladleful of broth to the rice, stirring occasionally so the rice doesn't stick to the pan, but not too often or it will cool and not cook evenly. Once the liquid is absorbed, add the next ladleful, repeating this process until the rice is cooked through but al dente, about 17-20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat. Add the remaining butter and parmesan cheese, stirring vigorously to melt the butter and emulsify it into the risotto.
Gently stir in the reserved creamed corn and corn kernels. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Garnish with fresh basil and serve warm!
Stripping corn kernels off the cob:
The easiest way to do this is to set a small bowl inside a larger bowl and use it as a base to keep the cob stable so you can run a knife down the cob, slicing off the kernels which will collect in the large bowl as opposed to flying everywhere in your kitchen!
To make corn risotto ahead of time, parcook it until about halfway done and still firm. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread it into an even layer, so the rice stops cooking and cools. Once cool, cover with plastic and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, remove chilled rice from the fridge and bring it to room temperature. Place it in the skillet and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Reheat leftovers on the stove, adding more liquid (cream, broth or water) as needed to loosen it up and bring back the original consistency. You can also add cold butter off the heat for extra creaminess.
Can I freeze risotto?
Freezing risotto is not recommended as it will alter the texture considerably.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 713kcal, Carbohydrates: 77g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 1653mg, Potassium: 620mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 1058IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 189mg, Iron: 5mg