Baked ham-and-kale risotto

Baked ham-and-kale risotto

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • 15 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2015


  • 180 g kale, trimmed
  • 4 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1½ cups risotto rice
  • 250 g gypsy ham, chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • For the topping:
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 T butter, for dotting

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190ºC. Wash the kale leaves, using as little water as possible, then steam for 15–20 minutes until tender. Drain well and leave to cool, then squeeze out all excess water and chop.

Heat the oil in an ovenproof casserole on the hob. Stir in the onion and cook gently until softened. Stir in the garlic and rice until coated with oil. Stir in the ham, kale and cheese. Pour in the stock and season.

Bury the whole, unpeeled eggs in the risotto and cover tightly. Before serving, bake for 25 minutes, or until the rice is tender but still moist. Uncover, sprinkle with the panko crumbs and Parmesan, dot with butter and grill for 1–2 minutes, or until golden.

Cook's note: Baking takes away the strain of stirring and makes it possible to prep this supper well ahead of time.


Phillippa Cheifitz Recipe by: Phillippa Cheifitz
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Regular TASTE contributor Phillippa is a well-known South African author and food writer, and has won many awards, both for her magazine features and her cookbooks.

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    Nigel Lees
    June 23, 2016

    I really enjoyed this recipe. One mystery though: what happens to the eggs? I left them out as I couldn’t work out why you would bury four unpeeled eggs in the risotto before baking it? And then no further mention is made of the eggs. Are raw unpeeled eggs meant to be baked with the risotto and then taken out, peeled and cut into the mixture? Interested to hear.


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      Amelia Bergh
      January 24, 2023

      Nigel, I was just mulling over the same thing.