Serves 4 as a side dish
Who disliked Endives as a kid?… raise your hands….
Well I don’t know about you, but I really really disliked Endives when I was a child. Always prepared so very over cooked. Boiled and then rolled in some cheap ham and covered in cheese. It was bitter and the consistency was just aweful.
Thank goodness we have come a long way since then when it comes to being creative with endive. Really there is more than just Waldorf salad and the typical gratin.
I actually love this dish and some times I eat it with just some steamed new potatoes, it’s that satisfying. But I think it goes particularly well with white meats like chicken or pork.
6 Large heads of Endive, about 1.5 lbs.
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp. pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thin.
1 tablespoon fresh Thyme leafs
1/4 C. white wine
5 oz. blue cheese, 2 medium apples, peeled, core removed, cut in wedges
2 tbsp. honey
2 – 3 tbsp. pine nuts
In a large frying pan, melt one tablespoon of butter and when hot add the apples. Fry for about 5 minutes then add 1 tbsp. of honey, cook for another 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Transfer the apple slices to a plate and reserve.
Cut the endive in half lengthwise and remove bruised outer leafs if necessary. Slice away a small bit from the bottom.
In the same pan, add the remaining two tablespoons of butter. Add the endive cut side down and sprinkle over the thyme, season with salt and pepper.Cook for about 5 minutes before adding the garlic and the remaining honey, and turn them once in a while. Add the white wine. Depending on how thick they are, cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. Pierce with a knife to check if they are tender but still a little bit firm.
Turn on the grill.
Transfer the endive to a baking dish and gently place the baked apple wedges around the sides.
Cut the blue cheese in slices and divide over the endive. Sprinkle over the pine nuts.
Grill the endives for about 5 minutes until nice and melted and golden. Keep an eye on it!
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