1 1/2 cups Carnaroli, Arborio, or other risotto rice
1 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
3/4 pound cooked bay shrimp, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon coarsely shredded lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Prepare a grill for direct high heat (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). Rub corn with 1 tbsp. oil. Lay ears on cooking grate (close lid if using gas). Grill corn, turning occasionally, until lightly browned all over, 8 to 10 minutes total. Remove and let cool. Holding ears upright in a deep bowl, cut kernels from cobs with a large knife.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring broth to a simmer. Pour remaining 2 tbsp. oil into another, large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, just until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring often, until grains are slightly translucent at edges, about 3 minutes longer.
Add wine and cook, stirring often, until almost absorbed. Add broth one ladleful at a time, cooking and stirring until almost absorbed, before adding another. Continue cooking and adding broth until rice is barely tender and mixture is creamy, about 25 minutes. (You may not need all the broth.)
Stir in corn, shrimp, butter, tarragon, lemon zest, lemon juice, pepper, and salt to taste and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Add more broth if risotto gets too dry.
I am allergic to parmesan, so don't often find a risotto recipe I can make. As one of the other reviewers said, this recipe is so good that you don't even notice the cheese. The only change I would make is to use less lemon juice. I would use only 1 tbsp., as it overpowers the tarragon a bit.
So good - the flavors go together really well. I only had two ears of corn, but it was plenty. Also used dried tarragon since I couldn't find any fresh. I had about a cup of broth left once my risotto was done, so I would recommend not starting out with all of the broth. This is very filling if made for 4 people (instead of the recommended 6). Hard to believe that there is no cheese in this!
This risotto tastes absolutely amazing. The lemon, tarragon, and butter flavors blend together perfectly, making it addictive, but still allow the flavors of the grilled corn and bay shrimp to pop. Be sure to use unsalted butter to add extra butteriness. I plan to make it again and again, special occasion or not!