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Radicchio polenta mint

Roasted Radicchio with Polenta and Mint

Simple and yummy recipe for this nutrient rich vegetable
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, main dish, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup polenta - uncooked
  • 2 heads of radicchio any variety
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil use generously!
  • a few sprigs of mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Maldon finishing salt (optional)


Prepare the polenta

  • In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt and add the polenta a bit at a time, whisk constantly to avoid lumps. Reduce the heat so the polenta continues to simmer but does not bubble out of the pot. Switch to a wooden spoon, and continue to stir constantly while the polenta cooks and thickens. Keep stirring and cooking on low for 20 minutes until the polenta pulls away from the sides of the pot.
  • Spoon immediately into an 8" x 8" Pyrex dish or a 9" pie dish and let sit at room temp to stiffen up while you cook the radicchio. There's no need to oil the dish. Polenta does not stick.

Broil the radicchio

  • Turn on the broiler to high.
  • Wash and drain radicchio heads and cut in fourths, lengthwise, leaving them attached at the root.
  • Coat the bottom of a 9" x 11" baking dish with 1 tbsp. olive oil and place the radicchio pieces in the dish, side by side.
  • Drizzle the radicchio pieces with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place under the broiler for 5 minutes, and then turn each radicchio wedge over and broil for 5 more minutes. Keep an eye that they don't burn. The outer leaves will brown a bit and the head will soften.
  • To serve: Cut a wedge of hot polenta and place on a plate. Place a wedge of radicchio on top. Garnish with a drizzle lemon juice, finishing salt or sea salt, and a few sprigs of mint. Finally, douse generously with olive oil.



Maldon finishing salt: I have become obsessed with Maldon finishing salt these days. I use it on top of focaccia and all manner of vegetable dishes. The large salt flakes stay crisp even during cooking, so they add that added salt crunch to each bite. 
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Keyword mint, polenta, radicchio