This is one of my favourite recipes in the Spanish Cooking Uncovered: Farmhouse Favourites cooking book. The first time I made it I thought it all looked a bit simple, nothing interesting, just some ham and cheese, what’s the big deal? By the third time my husband had requested it I realised I’d stumbled upon one of our favourite tried and tested mid-week meals. This is so simple to make and really great for a winter’s evening meal or lunch with friends.

Rice With Serrano Ham – Arroz Con Jamon Serrano – Spanish Recipe


For 6 people:

  • 600 g paella or risotto rice
  • 120 g ham
  • 1.5 litre water or chicken stock
  • 300 ml olive oil
  • 50 g grated cheese Spanish semi-cured preferably or cheddar
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • ½ bunch of parsley


  1. Fry the unpeeled, crushed garlic cloves in a pan with some olive oil until golden. Remove and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the onion and fry until it begins to brown, then add the diced ham.
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the rice and continue sautéing for about 12 minutes.
  4. Add water or stock in the ratio 2 liquid to 1 rice. Add the cooked garlic.
  5. Continue cooking for about 12-15 minutes till the rice is cooked. Remove from the heat, check the seasoning and sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  6. Put it in the oven for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese and serve immediately.


Our Wine Suggestion

Our Wine Suggestion


Campillo Especial Reserva 2004 Rioja

Red wine from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and 23 months barrel aging. 13%. This red reserva from Rioja is an excellent choice to accompany this simple dish. It has elegant aromas, with a silky initial flavour and hints of wood.

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