Radicchio is an Italian chicory that has a slightly bitter but surprisingly delightful flavor. A versatile vegetable, Radicchio can be cooked or served raw in salads, making it a great addition to any meal! Here are five dishes where Radicchio takes center stage:
1. Grilled Radicchio Salad: Thinly slice the radicchio and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, and freshly cracked pepper. Grill the slices over medium-high heat until lightly charred and slightly wilted. Serve warm or chilled with feta cheese, tomatoes, olives, and a light vinaigrette.
2. Radicchio Risotto: Start by sautéing shallots and garlic in olive oil until fragrant. Add Arborio rice and cook until toasted, then stir in white wine and cook until it is absorbed. Slowly add chicken or vegetable stock while stirring until the risotto is creamy and cooked through. Finally, fold in caramelized radicchio and finish with Parmesan cheese.
3. Roasted Radicchio: Preheat oven to 400°F and arrange wedges of radicchio on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring once during cooking. Serve hot with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
4. Radicchio and Gorgonzola Pizza: Start by spreading a thin layer of tomato sauce on the pizza crust then top with caramelized radicchio and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. Bake in a preheated oven for 8-10 minutes; until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
5. Roasted Radicchio Tacos: Preheat oven to 375°F and arrange radicchio halves on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, season with chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder, then roast for 10-15 minutes. Serve in warm corn tortillas with your favorite toppings such as guacamole, sour cream, and cilantro. Enjoy!