Try This Vegetable! Puntarelle

I had the distinct pleasure of eating at Chez Panisse the other night with a group of wonderful women. Many things can be said of the beautiful food and gracious spirit that is Chez Panisse, but today I want to talk about a salad instead. A salad that we all fell head over heels for.The particular salad that stopped conversation was probably one of the simplest on the menu: a puntarelle salad with garlic and anchovies. If you're not familiar with puntarelle, it's very common in Rome and is part of the chicory family. It has a pepperiness that reminds me of arugula, but looks far from a leafy green vegetable with its distinct bulbs and little shoots. While it's not in every grocery store and will take some searcing, from what I've been told, people who try puntarelle are usually hooked. Have you?

Try a Recipe:
Blood Orange and Puntarelle Salad - The Independant
Insalata di Puntarelle - Epicurious
Puntarelle and Tiny Potato Salad - Herbivoracious
Funghi Misti with Puntarelle - Mario Batali

Related: Weekend Meditation: The Mystery Box

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