We take a dip into the Veneto for this pan-steamed radicchio, a great side dish to serve with roasted meats and polenta. With little effort and not much expense (as long as you buy the radicchio when in season) you get a particularly versatile side-dish, suitable to accompany many different main courses, healthy and tasty, and enjoyed by everyone. Steamed radicchio is also ideal as part of a Christmas lunch. So simple to make, this dish is also highly attractive, making your meal not just extremely tasty but also beautiful to look at. There only remains the task of running to the market to buy some top quality, fresh and crisp radicchio: the other ingredients are simply olive oil and salt. Even if you're a beginner when it comes cooking, this recipe is absolutely within your reach.
Split the radicchio heads into four segments and rinse them thoroughly under running cold water. This is important in order to remove the bitterness that is deposited on the ends of the leaves. Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil and neatly arrange the segments of radicchio. Salt immediately the pan heats up and then and cover with a lid. Cook in this way, turning the radicchio half way through, such that they are softened but retain a little bite. Serve as a side dish for meat or polenta.
Fry in the pan for a few minutes and then cover the pan with its lid for five minutes so as to steam the radicchio