Monday, September 8, 2014

Tarragon Corn Risotto

This is simple but delicious, and the corn kernels are little bursts of summer flavor in each bite. I think my kids each ate about six helpings of this. Optional: stir in some sauteed mushrooms after the risotto is cooked. I tried this with shiitakes and they were delicious.

1 Tbsp butter
1 medium shallot, minced
1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
3 1/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/2 - 2 cups fresh corn kernels (or substitute frozen off season)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp dried tarragon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 - 2 cups diced mushrooms, sauteed in butter (optional)

Melt the butter in the pressure cooker. Saute the shallot for a minute or so, then add the rice. Stir and saute the rice for about a minute, then add the stock. Stir well, then cover the cooker and bring to pressure. Cook on high pressure for seven minutes, then release the pressure. If excess liquid remains, simmer, stirring frequently, for another couple minutes. Stir in the corn, tarragon, and salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Stir in sauteed mushrooms if using, or reserve them for topping at the table.

Serves 4-6.

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