Pea Risotto with Fried Quail Eggs and Ham

Green eggs and ham, adultified

Sohui Kim is a jack-of-all-trades, combining classical European cooking techniques with her Korean heritage in The Good Fork Cookbook. Inspired by putting a whimsical Dr. Seuss spin on classic comfort food, this green pea and herb purée is folded into creamy risotto before getting topped with fried ham and a quail egg—a play on none other than green eggs and ham. It's the perfect hearty yet bright dish to transition you into colder weather.

Since risotto can be tricky to make, pay close attention as you're stirring, which should be done constantly, making sure the grains absorb all that liquid. It may seem like a lot for two cups of rice, but we promise it's just the right amount.

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Recipe adapted from Sohui Kim, 'The Good Fork Cookbook' (Abrams)

Pea Risotto With Fried Quail Eggs And Ham
5 from 52 ratings
By putting a fried egg on top, this green risotto with ham from Brooklyn’s The Good Fork becomes the breakfast of champions.
Prep Time
40
minutes
Cook Time
20
minutes
Servings
4
to 6 servings
Total time: 60 minutes
Ingredients
  • For the Green Purée
  • ½ cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ cup frozen spinach, thawed
  • ½ cup parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • For the Risotto
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 4 ounces serrano ham, sliced lengthwise into ½-inch strips
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFried quail eggs, for serving
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
Directions
  1. Make the green purée: In a blender, combine all the green purée ingredients and blend until smooth. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 inch of vegetable oil to 350º and line a plate with paper towels. Working in batches, fry the ham until golden and crisp, 30 seconds. Transfer to the prepared plate to drain.
  3. Make the risotto: In another medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock and water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a very low simmer.
  4. In a 6-quart Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and cook until toasted and beginning to stick to the bottom of the pan. Pour in the wine and cook, stirring constantly, until the wine is completely evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Ladle 2 cups of the simmering chicken stock mixture over the rice. Stir almost constantly until the liquid is completely absorbed, 5 minutes. Continue this process of adding stock and stirring until absorbed until the chicken stock mixture is gone and the rice is tender and creamy, 20 to 25 minutes more.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter vigorously until emulsified. Stir in the green purée, frozen peas and cheese, then season with salt and pepper.
  7. Divide the risotto between plates and top each with fried ham, a fried egg, chives and a squeeze of lemon, then serve.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 923
Total Fat 58.6 g
Saturated Fat 13.3 g
Trans Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 56.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 70.8 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Total Sugars 7.1 g
Sodium 1,453.0 mg
Protein 21.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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