Pic of Grilled and baked radicchio

Grilled and baked radicchio

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Grilled and baked radicchio

Starter Serves 5 30 min
Cooking radicchio sweetens and mellows its slightly astringent flavour. This is good as part of a range of antipasti, alongside pork chops, chicken or fish, chopped up in pasta or tossed in a salad with fresh leaves.

Ingredients

  • 1 large radicchio head
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g pancetta or smoked bacon
  • 125g Fontina or Gruyere cheese in thin slices
  • salt and pepper

Method

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 25 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat grill to medium and oven to 190°C/Gas 5.
  • Step 2

    Remove any old outer leaves from the radicchio and trim the stems. Cut into eight pieces and lay on a baking tray. Brush with olive oil and season, put under the grill and cook gently for 15 minutes. Brush with more oil and check that the leaves are not burning.
  • Step 3

    Remove from the grill and lay a slice of pancetta and a slice of cheese on each piece and sprinkle on some pepper. Put in the oven for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted.