Pictured: homemade roasted, marinated radicchio with balsamic vinegar, garlic, and olive oil, on top of lemon zest ricotta, sourdough toast and topped with fresh chives.
Not pictured: inspired by a recipe I saw on Food52, this is now one of my favorite ways to eat radicchio! While eating it raw can sometimes be a bit bitter depending on how fresh it is (the older the radicchio, the more bitter it becomes), roasting it gives it this lovely caramelized flavor that totally mellows it out.
Hope you like this renegade sandwich recipe as much as I do!
Roasted radicchio with a balsamic vinegar marinade
Start by washing and slicing the radicchio, then patting it dry with a paper towel. Place the slices on a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and toss once with your fingers.
Roast the radicchio in a piping hot oven (like 240C), turning it from time to time. It should take about 10 minutes, but it could go faster so watch that it doesn’t turn black and burn!
While it’s roasting, make the marinade. In a bowl, mix together:
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 3 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
When the radicchio is still hot, put it in the bowl with the marinade and toss it well to coat. Let it sit for an hour or so at room temperature, mixing from time to time.
In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta with salt, pepper and the zest of half a lemon (or less if you like it less lemony).
To assemble, break out a slice of your best sourdough bread, toast it lightly, then smear it with the lemon zest/ricotta mixture. Pile on the radicchio, top with fresh chives and a sprinkling of fleur de sel.
Another way to serve it is as a side to grilled steak or poached fish, or even part of a hearty, mixed salad.