Here on WGC we’re all about balance. Between salads, brownies, pasta and everything else covering the pages of my blog – I think it’s obvious that balance is key! That said…I love a risotto moment! Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp & and a cold glass of Chardonnay or two is the PERFECT way to bring a group of friends together this summer for a gorgeous al fresco meal. 🙂 It sounds decadent but it’s super do-able! Promise!
Some people are intimidated by risotto – but guess what – it’s totally not that hard. It just requires a tiny bit of attention, some cheese and some really delicious wine (to cook with and to enjoy with the meal!) The wine is such a big part of this risotto because it infuses the dish with all sorts of flavor – so it’s really important to use a great wine that you’d actually want to serve your guests! We’re going with Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay because its subtle layers of peach and apricot with notes of pineapple and brown spice are the perfect complement to fresh summer corn and the 2 kinds of cheese that the recipe calls for! It’s next level – you won’t be disappointed!
Okay are you ready to dive head first! We have 3 parts of this dish – none of which should scare you! First – let’s talk risotto!
Risotto is just a special kind of rice (you can find it at just about every grocery store ever) that you cook slowly with small additions of liquid every few minutes. First the liquid comes in the form of wine, and then you can use chicken stock, or vegetable stock! Or you could even use water! Easy right? Just cook it until it’s tender and then you get to mix in whatever you want. In this case it’s corn, cut fresh off the cob, but you could also do sautéed greens, roasted mushrooms, charred peas… the sky’s the limit!
We could stop there, but why?? More is more! Salsa Verde comes next and it’s basically a spin on a pesto that just gets dolloped on top of the risotto and gives it a pop of corn and a burst of fresh herbs when you get the perfect bite!
And last but certainly not least is some sautéed shrimp. It’s cooked in a butter and olive oil mixture to get the best of both worlds, seasoned with tons of garlic, cooked with a touch of Chardonnay and then finished with some fresh lemon juice and parsley. Ugh, I’m OBSESSED.
Put everything together and throw it in a bowl with a glass of wine and call it a dinner party!!
Check out some of my favorite Shrimp Recipes here:
Summer Corn Risotto with Shrimp
For the Risotto
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 leek white and light green parts only, finely chopped
- 1 shallot sliced
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup arborio rice
- ¾ cup Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 1 ½ cups raw corn kernels from about 2 ears corn
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
For the Salsa Verde
- 2 cups mixed herbs (basil, parsley, and cilantro)
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons capers rinsed and drained
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
For the Shrimp
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves finely chopped
- ½ cup Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes more as needed
- 1 pound large shrimp cleaned, de-veined and shelled
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 lemon juiced, plus more as needed
For the Salsa Verde:
- In a food processor, combine herbs, garlic, and vinegar and capers. Pulse until coarsely chopped, 20 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper
For the Risotto
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a wide sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add leek and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add rice and cook, stirring, until grains look slightly translucent.
- Pour in wine and cook, stirring, until it has all been absorbed, about 2 minutes.
- Add a ½ cup of stock to the rice mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until rice has absorbed all of the stock. Continue cooking, adding cups of stock whenever rice mixture looks dry and stirring continuously. When half the stock has been added, stir in corn. Continue cooking until all of the stock is incorporated, corn is tender and rice is creamy and tender, about 30 to 40 minutes total.
- Remove risotto from heat and stir in Parmesan and remaining tablespoon of butter. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover risotto, stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Immediately before serving, stir in the mascarpone cheese. Top with grilled shrimp and a spoonful of salsa verde.
For the Shrimp
- In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine, a pinch of salt, red pepper flakes and plenty of black pepper and bring to a simmer. Let wine cook down for about 2 minutes.
- Add shrimp and sauté until they just turn pink, 3 to 4 minutes depending upon their size. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and add cooked pasta. Toss to combine. Serve with additional lemon wedges
Photography by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking