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Killer reciepe: radicchio and cheeses

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by moeman, Mar 3, 2004.

  1. moeman

    moeman

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    I've served this a bunch of times at dinner parties. Its a great hit. Its got magical powers--the guys get firsky the girls sassy and its a great appetizer to kick off a meal.*

    This is a recipe I came up with after having a great San Francisco restaurant's dish inspire me. If you have any other cool recipes bring them on or improve this one. I love to experiment.

    You'll need:

    Radicchio (red colored kind of a somewhat bitter cabbage).
    Panchetta (or a wide cut lean bacon).
    Gorganzola cheese (Good blue is great too).
    Goat Cheese
    Apple
    Italian dressing (olive oil, vinegar, spices,parmegian--whatever).
    Marsala or sweet wine
    lemon juice
    oilve oil, salt and pepper
    toothpicks
    some people you'd like to hang with over dinner


    Quarter the radicchio, generously hit it w/ the italian dressing, let it sit for 30 min.

    Wrap the radicchio with the pancheta secure it with toothpicks (cover the middle 50% w/ the panchetta).

    Grill the radicchio wraps so that the panchetta is done. Be on the look out for flare-ups from the dressing dripping. Grill marks are bonus points, a little char is good-- but don't cremate it.

    The cheese sauce is a mixtue of the marsala and the cheeses:

    High heat: Heat a good amount of marsala in a saute pan-- if you are a pyromaniac and I bet you are, light it for full effect! reduce the marsala by a third. Add a good squirt of lemon juice.

    Med-low heat: Add the cheeses, I suggest 60% gorganzola to 40% goat. But hey, what ever blows your skirt up. Stir till they start to melt. Sometimes a little olive oil makes the mixture combine better.

    (Optional: A drop, I really mean ONE DROP of Liquid smoke).

    When the cheese sauce is warming up good, throw in the cut up apple wedges-- cook them a little soft.

    Plate the radicchio wedges, pour the cheese sauce over and use the apple as garnish.

    *WARNING: The people who love iceberg lettuce and thousand island dressing and none of that other funny stuff in their salad, will be seriously challenged by this dish.
     
  2. General Sherman

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    Well, it did not "blow my skirt up" but it does sound like a winner.
    I have some black forest ham in the freezer which may work in this.
    Now I will have to invite some people "who I like to hang with" over for dinner and get out the toothpicks.
    If not people, maybe one special person as a test panel of one.
    I think a good Sonoma zinfandel from Ravenswood would go with this.
    ;)