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Creamed Corn With Basil

Serves6 to 8
  • Active time:35 min
  • Start to finish:35 min
September 2002
  • 8 large ears corn, husked
  • 2 to 4 tablespoon crème fraîche or heavy cream
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
Working in a large bowl, cut kernels from cobs with a sharp knife and set aside. Scrape back of knife several times against cobs to extract remaining corn pulp, scraping into a large glass measure. (You should have at least 3/4 cup of corn pulp. If not, add 2 tablespoons crème fraîche.) Transfer pulp to a blender and purée with 2 tablespoons crème fraîche until smooth.
Cook shallot in butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in kernels, then add corn purée, water, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until kernels are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in basil to taste.
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