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Grilled Radicchio: Totally Rad!!!!

Your mother might have told you not to play with your food, but I think experimenting with food is a great idea. You got to try new things, especially when it comes to veggies. If you don't like steamed broccoli, you got to experiment and see if you like it in a stir fry. Don't like cooked carrots? Have you tried them roasted? Same goes for radicchio (also known as Italian Chicory), you know that bitter lettuce added to many salad mixes for color. You might not like it raw, but have you tried it grilled? I recently did and was delighted with the results.

Here's the recipe I followed.

Grilled Radicchio
from The Mayo Clinic

Serves 8

2 large heads radicchio
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1 orange, cut into 8 wedges

  1. Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler (grill). Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
  2. Pull off any wilted outer leaves from the radicchio. Cut each head into quarters through the stem end, leaving the core portions intact so the quarters hold together.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the orange juice, olive oil and orange zest. Brush the olive oil mixture onto the cut sides of the radicchio quarters. Sprinkle with the pepper and arrange the radicchio on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil, turning frequently, until tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Transfer the radicchio quarters to individual plates and sprinkle evenly with the salt. Place an orange wedge on each plate and serve immediately.

Want to check out the nutritional breakdown? Then

Calories 54
Monounsaturated fat 3 g
Protein 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 4 g
Sodium 188 mg
Total fat 4 g

Fiber 1 g

Saturated fat 1 g


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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
my fav. food grilled on the grill: ONIONS!!!!!!
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
That sounds really good. I wonder if we could come up with some kind of "grilled greens" salad to cover every color. . . .
kbienen kbienen 9 years
its really good grilled. so is endive. It takes away some of the bitterness, but its doesn't change it completely if that is what you are looking for
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I really don't like the bitterness of raw radicchio. Bleh. If this mellows that out, I may give it a go.
redsugar redsugar 9 years
arrrghhh. Sorry for double posting. I didn't see my comment. *DOH*
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I don't care for it raw. How does the flavor change when it's cooked?
redsugar redsugar 9 years
I don't care for the flavor raw. It's too strong for me. How does the flavor change?
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