Sweet Corn Risotto with Crispy Sage, Pancetta (or Hazelnuts) and Burrata

Risotto is a labor of love but, to be honest, it’s really not that labor intensive. All you have to do is follow this recipe and, more importantly, follow your instincts to achieve that perfect starchy consistency and layers of intense flavor. I have 3 other risotto recipes that are *delicious,* but this one really takes the cake. If you’re wondering what the other three are: creamy leek risotto, creamy basil risotto with shrimp and tomatoes, and artichoke kale risotto.

sweet corn risotto with burrata and pancetta

But this one is my favorite because it combines all of my favorite things: pancetta (you can swap for bacon,) burrata, corn and rice. Word on the street is that this risotto is the risotto for spring 2022. Jk, I made that up, but after you make it and tell all of your friends, that will be the word on the street! You’re going to wow everyone with this recipe!

If you’re vegetarian, I have a wonderful swap for you! Skip the pancetta and add toasted hazelnuts on top of this delicious recipe. You will not be disappointed!

sweet corn risotto with burrata and hazelnuts

Before we get to the recipe, let’s also take a moment to imagine the arancini you can make with these leftovers…….

As per usual, I posted a little how-to on my Instagram and Tik Tok channels.

sweet corn risotto with burrata and pancetta

Sweet Corn Risotto with Crispy Sage, Pancetta and Burrata

This is the risotto of spring and summer 2022! Salty and nutty pancetta (which can be swapped for toasted hazelnuts for my vegetarian friends out there,) crispy aromatic sage, creamy burrata and perfectly creamy risotto?!?!? Flavor PARTY. You've gotta make it!
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Equipment

  • Stock pot or Dutch oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large bunch of sage
  • 4 oz. diced pancetta for vegetarians, swap for 1/3 cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped
  • 1 medium white or sweet onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh sweet corn kernels cut off the cob
  • Diamond kosher salt for seasoning throughout
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine I used Sancerre* Pinot Grigio works great too
  • 5 cups unsalted or low sodium vegetable or chicken stock *Use 5 1/2-6 cups if you like a more wet style risotto
  • Olive oil for frying the sage
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 balls Burrata
  • Fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Separate the sage leaves from the stems. Leave 12 leaves for topping (3 for each plate.) Finely chop the rest of it.
  • Place a large pot over medium high heat. Add the pancetta and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the fat is rendered and the meat is crispy. Remove the pancetta from the pan with a slotted spoon. Adjust the heat to medium. If using hazelnuts, go onto the next step and season the pan with 3 tbsp of unsalted butter.
  • Add the onion along with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so, until fragrant and softened. If the pan is drying up, add the 1 tbsp of butter. Add the sweet corn, a few chopped sage leaves and a generous pinch of salt. Cook for 2 minutes until the sage is fragrant.
  • Add the rice. Stir into the corn mixture, then toast for 2 minutes until it is well coated in the pancetta fat/butter.
  • Pour in the wine and stir until it has almost evaporated.
  • Add the stock one ladleful at a time, stirring until each amount has absorbed before adding another. This should take between 15 and 20 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  • Meanwhile, on a separate burner, pour olive oil in a small deep skillet. Heat on high. Once the oil is shimmering, add the reserved whole sage leaves and cook until crispy - not even 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon. Reserve the sage infused oil for topping!
  • Once all of the stock has been absorbed, the rice should be cooked through but still have a little ‘bite’ to it - think al dente pasta. Add the juice of one lemon and stir until combined. At this point, turn the heat off. Add the grated cheese and nutmeg and stir well. Taste to ensure the salt levels are to your liking. Feel free to add more nutmeg if you want a little more of that spiced depth of flavor. Cover with a lid. Let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Halve each ball of burrata. Plate the risotto. Scoop out the creamy center and place it right in the center. Top with reserved crispy pancetta, crispy sage leaves, black pepper and a swirl of sage infused olive oil. Enjoy!
Keyword arborio rice, burrata, onion, pancetta, Parmesan, pecorino romano, sage, sweet corn

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