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Chicory with ham and cheese sauce

Sigrid and her students

This recipe was sent in by Sigrid and her students from Belgium

This is a traditional Belgian recipe and should be served with mashed potatoes. It serves 4 people.

Sigrid and her students

Chicory with ham and cheese sauce

The finished dish


  • 8 heads of chicory
  • 8 slices of cooked ham
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Nutmeg
  • 50g of butter
  • 50g of flour
  • ½ litre of milk
  • 75g of Parmesan cheese
  • 150g gruyère cheese for topping


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C (gas mark 3).
  2. Remove the bitter part of the chicory.
  3. Melt some butter in a pan and add the chicory. Season with pepper and salt.
  4. Allow the chicory to brown on all sides.
  5. Take your chicory out of the pan and wrap each piece in a slice of ham.
  6. Put each wrapped piece in an ovenproof dish.
  7. Make your cheese sauce by melting 50g of butter. Add 50g of flour. Stir and allow to fry for a few minutes. Take your pan off the heat and gradually add the milk with a whisk. Stir constantly to avoid lumps. Add your Parmesan cheese, some nutmeg and pepper and stir well.
  8. Pour your sauce over your wrapped pieces of chicory and put some grated cheese on top of the dish.
  9. Put this dish into a pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes.
  10. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Enjoy your meal!

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Maryam, Iran
I like cooking esp new recipes. It looks very tasty. I want to make it for my dear husband and my little daughter Shayna Rose. Thanks a lot.

Jeremiah, South Korea
It looks delicious! Thanks for your recipe.

L, Japan
Delicious! Thierry: isn't Gruyere a Swiss cheese? Not that it matters in the least.

Pooja, India
Hmmm... really yummy

Miwa, Japan
It looks tasty! In Japan, It's hard to find chicory at ordinary store though. I'll try chinese cabbage instead of chicory for the recipe. - I wonder it's OK or not???

Gigi, Vietnam
So great

Monika, Hungary
Hmmm, I will try it too! :)

I want to do it but some ingredients are not in my country

Nguyen, Viet Nam
I have never known about this food before... It looks delicious, I hope that I can try it someday...

Nigar, Azerbaijan
I dont like cooking very much but it looks so tasty that I will try to prepare it.

Charles, Colombia
It should taste delicious. I'm looking forward to trying it.

LE JOLY Claude, France
I know this recipe and I do it often but without mashed potatoes but salad ! Bon appetite !

Christian, France
An other idea.You can change this recipe by replacing the slices of cooked ham with slices of smoked salmon. It's delicious too. In this case it's recommended to reduce the quantity of salt.

Paul, Nigeria
It's absolutelly sweet and it have good taste. Bravo!

Joo, Japan
it looks delicious.hope to make it perfectly

I want to taste it! It looks delicious!

Shahin, Iran
I have a lot of exam at this moment if I could get great score this is my reward to myself. sound is delicious !!!

Fatema-Tuz-Zohra, Bangladesh
I think it's a mouth watering dish..for this i have trying to make it one of my off day

Jeje, Korea
It looks delicious and seems to be easy for me :D I'm going to try it. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

Joanna, Poland
It is delicious indeed. I have tasted it many times but never done alone. I have to try one day. Bon appetit!

özgür, Türkiye
looks like delicious

Maria, Korea
I like cheese! I haven't tried it yet, but I should try it soon. I'll go grocery shopping to buy some ingredients for it.

Jay, Korea
Hmm... It looks very delicious... Thank you for your wonderful recipe.

Veerle, Belgium
Well done, Sigrid and ladies ! You put Belgium on the map with this splendid recipe !

Semin, Korea
At first, I thought that was cheese with potato. haha - and now I feel better, because it was delicious.

Eduardo, Brazil
Makes me hungry. I am going to prepare it. Thanks guys.

Wang, China
Emmm... It looked delicious.

LĂo, France
My father's favourite meal... it took me years to love it!!

Mary, Belgium
In winter, it's a recipe we cook often but we supercede grated cheese by potatoe starch. Gorgeous and the best of all, we have our own chicories in the cellar.

Sonia, Brazil
I knew they are very good at making beer... but this dish is just gorgeous.

Djahida, Algeria
It looks very delicious mainly when it's served with mashed potatoes, but I want to know if its taste changes a lot if we replace ham with beef or the meat of sheep because, as you know, ham is prohibited in our religion. Thanks a lot for making us learn more about WORLD CUISINE!

Jiri, Czech Republic
Interesting and healthy for sure but for me the best vegetable is pork :)

Yukki, Japan
Um, it looks yummy. But I don't know what the nutmeg is... I try to find it.

Denise, Rome
This morning national TV in Italy had a programme on Chicory (the bordeaux coloured one)mostly grown in the North-Eastern regions. Besides being very versatile in recipes apparently Chicory is rich in iron... so go ahead!

Virginie, Belgium
Delish! Also good with white celery!

Chu Ishimura, Japan
It seems good for an afternoon snack.I'll try it today.

amm, I like itI will try to cook it tomorrow

Noémie, France
I know this recipe and it's very good. If you appreciate the chicory taste, i recommand you to try this !! Enjoy !!

Sylvie, Belgium
It's one of my favorites.

Benny, Belgium
Chicory is a typical Belgium vegetable.It is discovered by a gardener in the basements of the king's palace, so I think it is a typical Belgium recipe.

Sami, France
U can replace chicory with any other veg e.g.Broccoli, leeks, etc., and in France it's called gratin

Su-yeon, Korea
It look so very tasty! Thank you for the recipe :)

Guido, Italy
Sounds yummy I love mashed potates

Thierry, France
I know this recipe and I enjoy it. But I'm surprised to learn it's a Belgian recipe. In north of France, it's an usual dish too, I think.Furthermore you use ingredients as gruyere cheese and parmesan which are respectively French and Italian cheeses.So we can say it's now an European recipe. And for this reason, It's a still more enjoyable recipe !

easy and flavorful

Nhi-ha, Germany
hmm it was delicious and not the least bitter, thank you for the recipe!!!

Ronald Klomp, the Netherlands
I know the recipe and have made it and eaten it plenty of times. Indeed very delicious, I did not know it was something traditional Belgian, but then again Belgium used to be part of the Netherlands.

Luba, Germany
Tasty! but I added to the chicory some mincemeat whit onions, egg, salt and pepper m-m-m...

Alex Brescia
it's very good .

Gabriella, Italy
I'm tented to try it because it seems really appetizing


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