Chargrilled Radicchio with Squash and Goat’s Cheese

A perfect Autumnal dish, or for anyone who loves goats cheese.

A wonderful recipe from Riverford Organic. Full of flavour, it really hits the spot.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 2 heads of radicchio
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, plus extra to serve
  • about 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large butternut or crown prince squash, peeled and cut into wedges no more than 2cm wide
  • leaves from a small bunch of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 100g hazelnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 150g hard goat’s cheese
  • salt and black pepper
  1. Heat a cast-iron griddle pan until really hot. Heat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Cut each radicchio head into eight wedges, keeping the root end intact.
  2. Put into a shallow bowl and season all over with a few pinches of salt, the balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of olive oil. Gently rub the radicchio wedges so that all sides are lightly oiled. In batches, lay the squash on the hot griddle and cook for a minute or two on each side until lines appear (you are not trying to cook the squash through, just mark it).
  3. Transfer the squash to a roasting tin and gently toss with salt, pepper and just enough oil to lightly coat.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Meanwhile, griddle the radicchio in batches – again just a minute or two on each side to give the wedges colour.
  5. As each piece is done, lay it in the oil and vinegar in the bowl so it can soak up more of the dressing.Add the griddled radicchio to the roasting pan along with the squash for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
  6. Put even amounts of squash and radicchio on to individual plates, sprinkle over the chopped parsley and hazelnuts, then use a vegetable peeler to shave strips of goats’ cheese over the top. Put extra balsamic vinegar on the table for those who’d like more.
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