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Pickled chicory leaves

Pickled chicory leaves
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  • easy
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  • 15 minutes, plus at least 7 days pickling time



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Chicory is a forced radicchio, which results in a sweeter, more tender leaf than the usual, incredibly bitter (but equally delicious) radicchio. They’re delicious fresh and pickled, and we use both chicory and radicchio en-masse at the restaurant. If you can’t get hold of chicory, then radicchio works well.


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Divide the chicory into individual leaves by cutting off the root at the base and separating them out. Gently pack them into a sterilised Kilner jar
Add the vinegar, sugar and salt to a saucepan and place over a medium heat
In a separate frying pan, add all of the spices and place over a medium heat. Keep heating the spices until the oils are released and there’s a lovely scent of warm spices. A good indicator that this is happening is when the mustard seeds start to jump out of the pan!
Add the spices to the vinegar pan and bring to a simmer (if it isn't already). Stir through, remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature
Cover the chicory in the vinegar, seal and leave for a minimum of 7 days before serving
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