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Baked Cheesy Chicory (Witlof in Dutch)

27 May 2021

Chicory is one of those veggies that as a kid I didn’t like much, too bitter and strange texture. BNow I love it! It’s great eaten raw with a good veggie dip, or like my friend Alice likes to make them with olive oil, lemon juice and loads (and I mean oads) of raw garlic sprinkled over the top. 

This baked cheesy version is totally different, but definitely a Dutch classic. You can also add ham, but I forgot to get it, luckily this vegetarian version is just as good.

Baked Cheesy Chicory (Witlof in Dutch)

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Serves: 2-3


  • 5-6 chicories
  • 10 slices of mature cheese
  • 10 slices of your favourite ham (optional)
  • Nutmeg
  • Pepper & Salt
  • Parsley (optional)



Preheat the oven to 180°C.


Remove the outer leaves of the chicory.


Add them to a pan with boiling salted water and cook for 5 minutes.


Carefully remove them from the pan and let them cool slightly.


Remove the bitter hart by cutting a V from the bottom.


Try to keep the rest of the leaves together.


Wrap them in cheese and if you like some ham (ham first then cheese).


Grease a baking dish.


Lay the chicory parcels next to each other, but don’t let them touch.


Sprinkle some breadcrumbs over the top and a good grating of nutmeg.


Bake for ±20 minutes until golden and crispy.


I like to finish it off with some crushed black pepper, salt and if you have it, some parsley.

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