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Grilled Radicchio with Malbec Barbecue Sauce

This recipe combines the pair in a simple appetizer or side dish finished with creamy goat cheese and toasted hazelnuts. The Malbec becomes the backbone for a barbecue sauce used to flavor the radicchio before it’s put on the grill and set to char along the edges. The smooth wine and a tangy goat cheese mellow out the bitterness of the radicchio, and the dish is complete with the crunch of fragrant hazelnuts.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Kath Younger


  • 2 heads radicchio washed
  • 1/3 cup whole hazelnuts
  • 4 ounce log of goat cheese
  • For the sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Malbec
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire


  • Preheat grill with high heat.
  • Prepare the barbecue sauce by combining all ingredients in a bowl and mixing thoroughly with a whisk.
  • Slice radicchio in half and slice those into three pieces.
  • Place in pan and coat radicchio with sauce.
  • Meanwhile, measure hazelnuts and finely chop.
  • Put hazelnuts in a skillet and set on low heat area of the grill for 10 minutes. Alternatively, toast inside on your stove-top until hazelnuts are fragrant and beginning to brown.
  • Place radicchio on grill for 3-4 minutes each side.
  • Arrange radicchio on a plate and top with hazelnuts and crumbled goat cheese.
  • Pair with a glass of Malbec!