Creamy baked chicory with ham

Creamy baked chicory with ham


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About this recipe: If I know that I'm not going to have any time to cook next evening, I prepare this in advance and then all I have to do is stick it in the oven. Very practical and always delicious.


Serves: 4 

  • 750g chicory
  • 60g butter
  • 30g plain flour
  • 350ml milk
  • 300g grated Sbrinz or Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 375g cooked ham, sliced

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
  2. Wash the chicory and cut in half lengthways. Cut the bitter stalk out of the middle.
  3. Melt half of the butter in a pan and sauté the chicory for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Melt the remaining butter and stir in flour, then gradually the hot milk. Beat hard with a whisk and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes over low a heat while stirring continuously. Add half of the cheese to the sauce. Season with nutmeg and pepper.
  5. Wrap each half of chicory in a slice of ham wrap and place in a baking dish. Pour sauce over top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  6. Baste with the sauce and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.

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Reviews (2)


this was a Belgium recipe i have been making this once a month!!! - 19 Nov 2014


traditional Dutch/Flemish food...we call it witlof ( whiteleave)...boil the witlof, ( 20 min ) cut them in halves put cheese in the middle, wrap in ham......easy... with or without the oven bit... with the oven bit...I guess boil them for a shorter period...don't forget to drain them...or you will flood your plate - 04 May 2016

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