Sweet Corn and Basil Sauce

Basic Recipe 37

Ingredients

  • 4 Fresh cobs of corn
  • 100g Whole unsalted butter, diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 200g Onion, finely chopped
  • 1½litre Water or chicken stock
  • 50ml Cream
  • 1 bunch basil, roughly chopped
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Method

Prepare a corn stock: Peel and remove all the outer leaves and the stalks from the cobs of corn. Using a sharp knife, slice the corn kernels from the cobs and keep separate until ready to use. Cut the cobs in half.

In a heavy-based pan melt 50g butter over medium heat until foaming. Add the chopped garlic and half the diced onion and sweat for 3 minutes without colour. Add the cobs and a large pinch of salt and continue to sweat without colour for a further 3 minutes. Pour 1½ litres chicken stock or cold water over the cobs, bring to the boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to simmer the stock for 30 minutes and skim frequently. Remove from the heat and allow the stock to infuse for a further 30 minutes. Pass through a fine sieve and discard the cobs, onion and garlic.

Make the sauce in a clean heavy-based pan. Melt the remaining butter over medium heat until foaming and add the remaining chopped onion and sweat for 3 minutes without colour. Add the corn kernels and a large pinch of salt and continue to sweat without colour for a further 3 minutes. Pour the corn stock over the corn and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 25 - 30 minutes until the corn kernels are tender. Add the cream and cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, place in a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a stainless steel bowl, pressing down hard on the corn to extract as much flavour and colour as possible. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Place the corn sauce in the fridge until lukewarm and add the chopped basil to infuse the sauce for 2 hours. Pass through a fine sieve once again. Reheat the sweet corn and basil sauce over a low heat. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.

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