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Fight pre-holiday flab with this delicious meal from Kay Plunkett Hogge

Published on November 14th 2011.

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THIS really is a simple recipe for a sophisticated French lunch, with lots of bitter chicory to fill up and excite your taste buds.



Serves 6
Prep time 5-8 minutes
Cooking time 20-25 minutes


6 red or pale green chicory heads
3 logs of mild French goat’s cheese with a rind
Fresh herbs of your choice (we like a lot of thyme, but basil and flat-leaf parsley are good too)
Extra-virgin olive oil spray


Preheat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C.

Slice the chicory heads in two lengthways, then core them, removing the tough stalk and central core. Lay them end to end in a shallow ovenproof dish, or arrange two halves of chicory per person in individual dishes. Make sure the cut side is uppermost.

Slice each of the cheeses into four rounds and lay two on the chicory.

Sprinkle with herbs and salt and pepper, and spritz each cheesy cut surface of chicory with extra-virgin olive-oil.

Pop into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes until the chicory is cooked through and melty, and the cheese is bubbling.

Serve with a salad of mixed greens on the side.



Try using some different goat’s cheeses. You can find ones covered in ash, wrapped in leaves or flavoured with herbs and wine.

Do check the labels though as goat’s cheese can vary a lot in calories.


A nice substitute for the chicory is radicchio.


Excerpted from Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy by Kay Plunkett Hogge

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