The Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council recently hosted the “Get Wild with Wild Rice Recipe Contest” and my entry “Tuscan Ham and Wild Rice Gratin” was selected as a finalist. The recipes had to include at least 1/4 cup of precooked Minnesota cultivated wild rice per serving, at least 2 sponsor products, as well as had a limit to the total number of ingredients allowed. I tried to incorporate as many sponsor products into the recipe as I could, which ended up being a total of 4 (the ham, cheese, broccoli and oil). The sponsor names have been removed from the recipe below and the ingredients are listed generically. Enjoy!!
Tuscan Ham and Wild Rice Gratin
11-ounce bag frozen Tuscan seasoned broccoli
2 tablespoons canola oil
8 ounces boneless ham steak, about 1/4-inch thick, then cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
15 Manzanilla olives, sliced
2 teaspoons capers, minced
3 cups cooked wild rice
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup panko
1 tablespoon melted butter
Place four single-serving, oven-safe baking dishes onto a large baking sheet; set aside.
Adjust oven rack to the top portion of oven. Heat broiler to high.
Prepare broccoli in microwave according to package directions; set aside to slightly cool. Transfer broccoli to a medium-sized plate and cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces; set aside.
Heat canola oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the ham and cook until heated through and it begins to lightly brown, approximately 4 – 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, scallions, tomatoes, olives, capers, wild rice, lemon zest, lemon juice, black pepper and reserved broccoli; mix to combine. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes, just to heat through. Add in the 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, mix to fully combine; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the gratin topping ingredients.
Evenly divide the ham/wild rice mixture between the four baking dishes; top evenly with the gratin topping. Place baking dishes under broiler and broil just until gratin topping starts to lightly brown, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.