Fried Red Radicchio Alla Francesca

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine European
Servings 2 people


For the sauce:

  • 40 g Bacon, mixed, mild
  • 1 medium sized Onion, brown
  • 3 With Cloves of garlic, fresh
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil, cold pressed
  • Salt and black pepper from the mill
  • 2 tbsp Tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp Orange juice
  • 1 tsp Marsala, (spiced wine)
  • 1 pinch Chicken broth, Kraft bouillon
  • 1 pinch Oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale


  • Clean the radicchio, remove the outer leaves, cut in half lengthways and separate all leaves from the white stalk. Remove the white midrib from all leaves. Rinse the leaves briefly and place in water. Remove the bitter substances for 15 minutes, then strain and drain well.
  • In the meantime, cut the bacon into thin strips. Cap the onion at both ends, peel and quarter lengthways. Halve the larger, outer quarters lengthways. Cap the garlic at both ends, peel and cut lengthways into strips.
  • Heat the olive oil in a larger pan. Add the lean bacon and fry for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat and add the onion skins, stir-fry for approx. 2 minutes until translucent. Mix in the garlic cloves. The heat supply to the lowest level or switch off. As soon as the temperature has dropped below 80 degrees, add the radicchio leaves. Fry for about 3 minutes, turning twice. Carefully season with a little salt and a little more freshly ground pepper (see note).
  • Drizzle the sauce over the lettuce leaves and serve warm in the pan as a side dish or starter.


  • Since the lean bacon brings salt with it, a test beforehand, chewing a sheet of radicchio + 1 onion slice + 1 strip of fried bacon together, is very helpful when salting.
  • Incidentally, this corresponds exactly to the way this vegetable is enjoyed. Of course, the radicchio leaf is pulled through the sauce first.
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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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