Kale-Mozzarella Risotto

Kale-Mozzarella Risotto

As spring is slowly approaching, I wanted to cook something with winter vegetables before their season ends. This risotto gets a special savoury note from using scamorza, a smoked variant of mozzarella. I found those in the form of scamorzetta, small globes of smoked cheese about the size of ping-pong balls, at my local health food store. They have a tough rind, which will not melt under heat (unlike the inside of the cheese globes) but is still edible.

Kale-Mozzarella Risotto

Adapted from Annemarie Wildeisen's kochen 3/2011


100 g kale
50 g bacon slices
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt, black pepper
1 small onion, diced
25 g butter
200 g risotto rice
100 ml white wine
700 ml vegetable stock
about 150 g mozzarella, diced
50 g parmesan, grated


Remove the root end from the kale and the tough lower parts from the single leaves. Cut the kale into thin slices and roughly chop the slices at a 90° angle. Cut the bacon slices into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat the olive oil in a skillet, fry the bacon and garlic until golden. Add the kale and cook, covered, for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a deep pot and fry the onion until translucent. Add the rice and stir well. Add the wine and let the alcoholcook off. Add about half of the stock, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid.

Add the kale and the rest of the stock and continue to cook until the rice is almost tender and all the liquid is absorbed by the rice. Stir in the mozarella and parmesan, cover the pot, remove from heat and wait for one or two minutes for the cheese to melt. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Jeanne said...

Smoked mozzarella sounds so good! Especially in risotto.

Elle said...

Love kale and mozzarella and bacon and Parmesan, but still have not gotten happy with risotto, which I hate because this looks really delicious! I think it a texture thing, which makes me feel like a bratty little kid in a way. Glad you enjoyed it Andreas!

Lindsay said...

I LOVE smoked cheese! One of my favourites in Canada is an applewood smoked cheddar. Delicious!

George said...

Read a lot about scamorza lately, but never found some. By "local health food store" you mean Bioladen? That might be an idea to look for it.

Andreas said...

George, yes I mean Bioladen.