Caramelised Chicory


This caramelised chicory has the slightly sweet, yet fresh, flavour of orange. A very tasty and easy side dish, ready to serve within half an hour.

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Caramelised chicory
Veronique van Ohmydish

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Published at 2023-06-28, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 30 minutes.

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30 minutes 4 people Side dishes
Caramelised chicory


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  • 6 heads of chicory
  • 1 orange
  • generous knob of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • fresh parsley for garnish
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  • citrus juicer
  • chopping board & chef's knife
  • small knife
  • large frying pan with a lid
  • spatula

Caramelised Chicory

30 minutes 4 people Side dishes

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Preparation – 10 minutes

Squeeze the juice from an orange. Wash the parsley, remove excess water, and chop finely.

Discard the outer leaves of the chicory and, with a small knife, cut out the base and some of the hardcore. If the chicory heads are very thick, it is best to cut them in half.

Caramelised chicory
Caramelised chicory

Finishing the caramelised chicory – 20 minutes

Heat a large knob of butter in a large frying pan. Fry the chicory on both sides until golden brown. Add 3 tablespoons of sugar and caramelise.

Pour in the orange juice and turn down the heat. Let the chicory cook gently for around 10 minutes more with the lid on the pan. Remove the lid from the pan and cook for a few minutes longer to allow any excess moisture to evaporate.

The exact cooking time depends on the thickness of the chicory. Season with salt and pepper and serve with chopped parsley. Enjoy!

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Caramelised Chicory: frequently asked questions

What is caramelisation?

Caramelising is converting sugar into caramel by heating it. The sugar melts and then takes on a beautiful colour. This gives the sugar not only an attractive colour, but also a pleasing flavour.

Can I caramelise chicory in the oven?

Yes, you can. Fry the chicory in a frying pan with the sugar, pour the orange juice over it and place it in the oven until the chicory has softened and is a nice golden brown.