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What Is Radicchio? Discover How To Cook This Tasty Veg

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What Is Radicchio? Discover How To Cook This Tasty Veg
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If you enjoy cooking with seasonal vegetables, don't pass up an opportunity to cook with radicchio this spring. What is radicchio, you ask? Sometimes confused with red cabbage, this purple-leafed vegetable is often found in bagged salad mixes. It has a sharp flavor that lends itself beautifully to cooked dishes such as pastas and roasts.

Radicchio originated in northeastern Italy and is a relative of endive so it performs well in the company of other bold flavors such as lamb and blue cheese. Now that you know what is radicchio, maybe you're curious about cooking with radicchio: here are five recipes that will help you get better acquainted with this tasty vegetable.

BAGNA CAUDA

If you are looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer give this flavorful Italian dip a try. It's made with garlic, anchovies and plenty of butter then served with fresh radicchio and other hearty vegetables for dipping.

FENNEL AND RADICCHIO SALAD

This colorful salad made of thinly sliced fennel and shredded radicchio gets a nice crunch from walnuts and extra goodness from crumbled blue cheese. Here's the must-try recipe.

GARGANELLI PASTA WITH RADICCHIO

Tubular-shaped pasta is tossed with wilted radicchio and smothered in a melted cheese sauce in this stellar recipe from New York chef Michael White.

SOUS VIDE THIGH OF LAMB

Melt-in-your mouth lamb is served with sherry-braised radicchio, onions and a delectable red wine sauce. Here's the stunning recipe from chef Andrea Berton.

FRESH TUNA SANDWICH 

What else is radicchio good for? How about layering it with roasted yellow peppers, grilled tuna steaks and ciabatta? Learn how to make this tasty sandwich now.

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