I absolutely love chicory, but for some reason I only tend to have it when I eat out at restaurants. When I came across this delicious chicory recipe by Ottolenghi, I thought I would give it a try for a light meal whilst I was home this weekend. The combination of Roquefort, nuts and bitter lettuce just sounded too good to resist! To make enough for four people, you will need:
– 2 chicory
– 1 red chicory or radicchio, depending on what is in season
– 50g Roquefort cheese
– 150ml creme fraiche
– 50g pine nuts
– 50g walnuts, roughly chopped
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp butter
Start by breaking up the Roquefort cheese into a bowl, and then add in the creme fraiche. Whisk it up until you get a lovely thick and creamy spread.Next add the butter, salt and nuts into a pan and heat for a few minutes until they are lightly toasted and coated in the butter. All that is left to do is finely slice the red chicory or raddichio and place it on a board to act as a bed for the chicory to sit on. Chop off the base of each chicory so that the leaves fall away easily. Spread each chicory leaf with a spoonful of the Roquefort spread, and stack them on top of each other to make a boat. Place each boat on the board, and sprinkle generously with the nuts.
And that’s all there is to it! Serve up your delicious boats on a big long board and get everyone to tuck in. They look extremely fancy but take no time at all to put together… They are definitely going to appear on my next dinner party menu for the starter!
The main reason they are so quick to make is because they only use a few ingredients. However, all of the elements are extremely bold flavours, so although they are simple they are by no means boring!
The sweetness of the buttery nuts cut through the bitter chicory beautifully, and the strong but creamy Roquefort mix brings it all together in one delicious crunchy bite. They might be small but they really do pack a punch!
Ottolenghi certainly knows what to do with a vegetable, and this recipe is my favourite one of his by far. I would highly recommend that you give them a go, for an impressive looking seasonal meal that requires minimal effort. What more could you want!