Ham, Fontina and rosemary risotto


  • Serves 4 people

  • 90 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200 gm ham off the bone, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 500 gm vialone nano rice (see note)
  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) hot chicken stock
  • 100 gm Fontina, diced
  • 50 gm parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
01   Heat half the oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic, stir occasionally until translucent (5-7 minutes), add ham and rosemary, cook until tender (3-5 minutes), then set aside.
02   Heat remaining oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add rice and stir until rice is too hot to touch, but not coloured (2-4 minutes). Bring stock to the boil, pour over rice, season to taste, stir to combine, cover, reduce heat to low and cook, without stirring (adding a little extra stock if necessary), until rice is al dente (15-20 minutes).
03   Add Fontina, parmesan and ham mixture, stir well until cheese melts and mixture is creamy (1-2 minutes). Season to taste, stir through parsley and serve hot, drizzled with olive oil.
Note Vialone nano is a white short-grain rice with a high starch content. It’s available from Italian delicatessens, Simon Johnson and The Essential Ingredient. If unavailable, substitute another risotto rice. The cooking time and amount of stock required may vary.

This recipe is from the May 2011 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.
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