Chicory, cheese and bacon starter

    Chicory, cheese and bacon starter

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    30min


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    About this recipe: This lovely chicory, cheese and bacon starter is great for kicking off a simple and rustic dinner party.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 110g smoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
    • 4 heads chicory, split lengthways
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 200ml full fat milk
    • 110g grated lightly smoked cheese
    • 1/2 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
    • 1 pinch paprika
    • salt and pepper, to taste

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook and stir the bacon until brown. Meanwhile, steam the chicory over a pan of boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes, just until tender, then remove and arrange in the base of an ovenproof baking dish. Sprinkle in the cooked bacon, including any oils from the pan, over the chicory.
    2. In a saucepan, melt the butter then add the flour and cook for 1 minute until straw coloured. Whisk in the milk and cook until thickened. Add the cheese, mustard and the paprika. Season and pour over the chicory.
    3. Put the dish under the grill for 6 to 8 minutes until the top is golden brown and the cheese sauce bubbling. Remove from the grill and serve.

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