Braised chicory recipe

This braised chicory recipe is an excellent quick winter dish.  Braised chicory is delicious eaten on its own with crusty bread dipped in the lemony cream. It’s also good with grilled, roasted or barbecued pork or veal.

 Serves 6

  • 1kg Belgian chicory
  • 200g prosciutto, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • A little water or white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 275ml double cream

 Butter an ovenproof dish which has a lid. Arrange the whole chicons in the dish, scattering over the chopped prosciutto. Season with salt and pepper, and dot with butter.

Cover the dish with a sheet of greaseproof paper under the lid and either sweat over a low heat, turning from time to time, or bake in a low oven for 40 minutes until the chicory is tender and lightly browned. Check it from time to time to make sure there is enough moisture and add a little water or white wine if necessary.

Once it’s cooked, add the lemon juice and cream – swirling them around the chicory – and serve with more coarsely ground black pepper.

This recipe is featured on p25 of Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook