It is sweet corn time in Michigan!  And it’s that time of the year where dozen’s of ears of sweet corn make it to my home via the farmers markets and roadside stands! Recently I was doing a chef demonstration – and Sweet Corn Risotto came to mind.  Risotto is easy, maybe a bit time consuming but very delicious and sometimes sensual food!  Creamy, sweetness from the corn, and saltiness from the cheeses! Add mushrooms, other veggies, or nothing at all and you have a really easy dinner!   Sweet Corn Risotto “Chef Terri Rees a personal chef experience” Michigan Sweet Corn Risotto Ingredients Servings 6

  1. Husk and wash corn and peel away all the silk, then slice the kernels off the cobs with a sharp knife. You should have about 2 1/2 cups corn kernels.
  2. Spin about a cup of the kernels in a food processor or blender until they are roughly chopped and milky. Scrape out the chopped corn and remix with the remaining whole kernels.
  3. In a large soup pot, saute the onion in the olive oil and butter with a pinch of salt until it is translucent and tender.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan heat the vegetable broth and regulate the flame to keep it just below a simmer.
  5. When onions are soft, add the Arborio rice to the soup pot and stir it gently with a wooden spoon for two minutes. Next add the wine and stir until it is absorbed.
  6. Add a soup ladle of the heated broth and all the corn kernels to the rice and stir, keep it just at a simmer. Keep stirring until the broth is nearly all absorbed into the rice, then add another ladle.
  7. Continue with this process for 25 more minutes (TIP: Set timer now)– adding a little broth at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon fairly frequently, for around 25 minutes or until the rice is al dente. It should form a creamy sauce around grains that are no longer crunchy but still firm.
  8. When the rice is just achieving this perfect balance of tender-firmness, stir in the last ladle of broth, the Parmesan cheese, and 2 Tbsp of chopped parsley, the butter and the mushrooms
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