Sweet Corn Risotto
I created this Sweet Corn Risotto recipe after falling in love with a restaurant dish (Mucci’s Italian) I had a while back. It was part of their Restaurant Week menu so was only available for a very limited time. I absolutely love fresh sweet corn! Since it’s only truly fresh for such a short amount of time I’m going to have to try making this again with frozen, but I’m freezing a bunch of fresh to stock up!
The Corn Stock
I highly recommend making the corn stock recipe that is included below. It’s SO EASY seriously. I normally do not make my own stock, but after making this I feel like there’s just no reason not to. It takes about 30 minutes, and all you do it throw everything in a large pot with water, and boom stock! It truly brings a level of richness and flavor to this dish that you won’t get with store bought stock.
The Sweet Corn Risotto
I think this is the best risotto I’ve ever eaten…seriously. Maybe it’s because I love corn, or because the other ingredients remind me of one of my favorite restaurants, either way, it’s just a great variety of flavors!
If risotto sounds intimidating I promise you can do it! I felt the same way the first time I made it, but it’s actually quite simple and you can sip wine while you stir.
The toppings for this dish seriously bring it to the next level. Crispy prosciutto adds a nice salty crunch. I just bake little nests for about 15 minutes, and it gets perfectly crispy for crumbling.
The peppadew peppers add a tangy bite that this dish needs. You may have to order them online, but believe me, they’re worth it! I got mine on Amazon. They may have them in some grocery stores like Whole Foods. Check out the Amazon link to see what the jar and description looks like.
This Sweet Corn Risotto is creamy, dreamy, cheesy, salty, full-flavor deliciousness that will seriously impress anyone you’re cooking for, even yourself! It’s a delicious main or side dish, or add chicken for additional protein. I hope you try it!
I already can’t wait to make this a few more times this fall and winter. The best part…I’m always just cooking for my husband so we almost always have leftovers. Leftover risotto = arancini which are fried risotto balls, so good!
Try my other risotto recipe, White Wine Risotto with Peas and Asparagus.
Sweet Corn Risotto
For the corn stock (recommended)
- 2 corn cobs, kernels removed and reserved for risotto
- 1 onion cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 large carrot cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 celery rib cut into 1-inch chunks
- dark green leaves from 1 leek
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 6 cups water
For the risotto
- 6 cups corn stock see above recipe
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 shallot minced (about 2 tbsp)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup arborio rice
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 1/2 cups raw corn kernels (from about 2 ears of corn) divided
- 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmigiana Reggiano (imported Parmesan cheese)
- 1/2 cup fontina cheese finely grated
- 1/2 cup mild piquante peppers (peppadew) quartered
- 3 oz prosciutto
- 1 tbsp fresh minced parsley
- olive oil
For the corn stock
Combine all stock ingredients in a large pot. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Liquid will reduce. Strain liquid stock into a separate bowl or large measuring cup.
Add enough water back into liquid stock to make a total of 6 cups of liquid. Keep warm over low heat while you start risotto. Stock can be made ahead of time and frozen. To use from frozen state, thaw and heat in a large pot over medium heat until ready to ladle into risotto.
For the corn risotto
If you haven't already, bring your 6 cups of corn stock (or vegetable/chicken stock) to a simmer so it is warm for ladling into risotto.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Gently place prosciutto slices on parchment making little nests. (see post for photo). Bake for 12-15 minutes or until crispy. Watch closely to avoid burning. Allow to cool, and crumble, set aside.
Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large skillet over med-low heat. Stir in minced shallot and garlic, and cook for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in arborio rice, and continue to stir until the grains are translucent. Pour in white wine, and stir until almost all the liquid is absorbed, about 1-2 minutes.
Add a ladle of hot stock to the rice, and stir over med-low to low heat. Stir almost constantly until rice has absorbed all of the stock. Continue cooking and adding ladles of stock whenever the rice looks dry, about every 4-5 minutes. Once you've used about half of the stock, stir in 1 cup of the sweet corn. Continue adding stock for about 30-40 minutes, until rice is tender but not mushy, and most or all of the stock is used.
While the rice is cooking, add the remaining 1/2 cup of corn and the peppers to a small skillet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and saute for about 3-5 minutes or until cooked and slightly charred. Season with pepper and the fresh parsley. (salt will come from prosciutto and cheese)
Remove risotto from heat. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp butter, parm and fontina cheeses. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve in bowls, and top with the corn and pepper mixture, and crumbled crispy prosciutto. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
I highly recommend making the corn stock, it’s the only way I’ve ever made this (so far). It is truly so easy to make your own vegetable stock, it really adds a depth of flavor and richness to the dish. Really great to make ahead of time and stock the freezer for soups!
If you don’t have fresh sweet corn, opt for frozen as your next best variety.
The peppadew peppers are SO good. Tangy, sweet, and really adds a tart bite that the dish needs. I ordered mine from Amazon, but I think you may find them at Whole Foods or specialty stores that carry a bigger variety. See picture in Amazon link in post.