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Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

Nicoletta April 20, 2016

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Only 5 ingredients for this simple, easy and tasty Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios. Ready in 20 minutes in the oven, but if you can, fire up that barbecue and get it going!

Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

Yet another radicchio recipe, my friends. You can tell I have a passion for it. It is so good and good for you, that when I see it I cannot resist and I buy it. If I were in Canada I would have asked my husband to fire up the barbecue, but I am still in Rome and I turned on the oven to grill this beauty. In both cases, it is a side dish worth making.

 

 

This variety of radicchio is called Radicchio tardivo di Treviso. It is considered the king of radicchio, with its unmistakeable, peculiar lanceolate-shaped leaves, and those leaves are a gorgeous deep red color with a white rib. Its flavor is a unique combination of bittersweet and crunchy. Again, its uses in the kitchen are endless, from raw in salads, to appetizers, pasta and risotto dishes, in accompaniment to meat or fish dishes, in desserts (that I have yet to experiment) and of course, grilled as a wonderful side dish. So for you today, I made a Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios.

Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

It is so easy and quick to put this Grilled Radicchio together.

Not only easy and quick but also healthy and flavorful, with just 5 ingredients it is ready for your weeknights dinner or weekends barbecue. If you cannot find this variety, feel free to use any other ones, they’re all good when grilled. Of course, to partner with this lovely radicchio I stuck to my favorite mediterranean ingredients: cold pressed extra virgin olive oil in abundance, salt and pepper according to your taste and liking, lemon juice and pistachios in small quantity but still present to support and enhance the overall flavor.

Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

The end result was a lively and tasty radicchio that I enjoyed for my supper. It was like a breath of fresh air: pleasantly bitter, just enough tangy, with a nice crunch and sweetness from the pistachios.

Song of the day: John Mayer’s remake of Beyoncé’s “XO”. Stunning!

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Grilled Radicchio

Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Radicchio
  • 2 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon, plus some lemon slices for decoration
  • 2 Tbsp chopped pistachios

Instructions

  1. Wash the radicchio, remove the outer leaves if damaged, drain it well and cut it in two.
  2. Pour some e.v.o. oil at the bottom of a baking dish, arrange the radicchio, drizzle more olive oil on top, add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cover the dish with foil and place it in preheated oven at 180° C.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove the foil and cook for 5 more minutes.
  5. Take out of oven, dress with lemon juice and sprinkle the chopped pistachios on top.
  6. Arrange on a serving dish with slices of lemon.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 side servings
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Grilled Radicchio

Radicchio al forno con limone e pistacchi

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 mazzetto di radicchio tardivo di Treviso
  • olio
  • sale e pepe q.b.
  • limone
  • pistacchi tritati, una manciata

Instructions

  1. Mondate il mazzetto di radicchio, pareggiate i torsoli ed eliminate le foglie più dure.
  2. Lavatelo, sgocciolatelo molto bene.
  3. Versate poco olio in una pirofila, sistematevi il radicchio, irrorate ancora con l’olio a filo, un pizzico di sale e uno di pepe.
  4. Coprite la pirofila con un foglio d’alluminio e mettetela nel forno preriscaldato a 180°C.
  5. Cuocete per circa 15 minuti.
  6. Togliete il foglio d’alluminio e continuate a cuocere per altri 5 minuti circa.
  7. Togliete dal forno, passate su un piatto da portata, spruzzate con il succo di limone filtrato al colino e i pistacchi tritati.
  8. Servite caldo.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 side servings
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Grilled Radicchio with lemon and pistachios

If you prefer radicchio in salads, here are a couple recipes for you: Radicchio, Per and Taleggio Salad; Radicchio and Wild Greens Salad with Asiago, Macadamia Nuts and Cranberries.

Enjoy!

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10 Comments

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    Reply Sean April 21, 2016 at 11:18 am

    What a spectacular dish. I love radicchio, and I really wish more people would embrace it (and not just for salads). I especially love that you used such a wonderful looking Treviso radicchio. I bought one last year (it was gigantic though) and I had a lot of fun playing with it – it made the most spectacular soup. I really ought to post it one of these days!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 22, 2016 at 12:15 am

      Thank you so much Sean! I am so happy you are among the radicchio admirers. This variety of radicchio is my favorite and grilled it had such flavor! I eat all varieties, anyway. In risotto it is amazing, too, but now I want to see your soup, so please you have to post it!

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop April 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

    This is so beautiful! I love almost anything grilled…I need to give this grilled radicchio a try!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Kathy, radicchio is so beautiful isn’t it? And also good and good for you. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Reply Eva April 22, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve never seen or had radicchio before! Wondering how does it taste like… 😛

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Hello Eva, it has a very distinct bitter flavor, but bitter in a good way, and the leaves are succulent and somewhat crunchy. Here, the combination with pistachios and lemon helps mitigate the bitterness. Thanks so much for commenting!

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    Reply Ginni Kelley April 22, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I love radicchio and I love how you sprinkled my favourite pistachios onto them. Love your new style of photographs too, they look amazing. Another wonderful job Nicoletta 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 23, 2016 at 12:06 am

      Thanks so much, Ginni, for your lovely comment. I love radicchio too and the pistachios are such a great addition to the flavor.

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    Reply demeter | beaming baker April 23, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Nicoletta, once again you’ve presented us with the most beautiful of dishes. Who knew that the simple radicchio could look this good? Thank you for showing us it’s finest qualities. 😉 Also, I hope that the preparations for the big move are going well! It must be quite the feat. Btw, you’ve intrigued me with your song of the day. I’m gonna go listen to it soon! Have a great move. 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta April 23, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you so much Demeter, for your nice comment! I love radicchio and I think it is beautiful. I am writing to you from the Toronto airport, almost home 🙂 . Hope you liked the song, I prefer it to the original one 😉 .

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