Witloff has a refreshingly bitter taste but this pretty much disappears during boiling.
It is eaten raw in salads, often with apples to offset the bitterness, or cooked, such as in this filling oven dish with ham, cheese and mashed potatoes.
When buying chicory, look for heads that have smooth, white leaves and a yellow tip. Store in a cool place and eat within a day or two of buying. . Tip: This dish is also delicious without the ham. Use vegetable instead of meat stock.