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Endive recipes?


Dave Hatfield
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Endive is something I hadn't paid a lot of attention to until recently. Lately, however, I've tried a few things with it and found that its pretty good as well as being both cheap & available.

But; I haven't found many recipes for it. There are two nice ones in Recipe Gullet and a few repetitive ones come up on a Google search, but there must be more out there.

So- eGulleteers what are your favorite ways with endive?

I have posted a endive & smoked salmon salad recipe I made up the other night on my blog. Link below.

I'm sure everyone can do better.

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I love endive, and use it as a substitute for puntarella, in the classic Roman salad of Puntarelle in Salsa d'Acciughe, or puntarella with anchovy dressing. The dressing is quite assertive and works well with the slight bitterness of endive, which should be thinly sliced lengthwise.

It's also great, and classic, braised slowly in stock.

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Another vote for braising it. I've also had success roasting it with a very good olive oil and salt a la Radicchio di Treviso, but it has to be very fresh; if it's older it gets too bitter.

It's not a recipe, really, but slapping a blue cheese (gorgonzola dolce, say) in endive leaves and plunking a walnut on top is an easy way to take advantage of that bitter crunch.

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I just recently got into endive since I never saw it as a child.

I had a hot grill already with salmon, so I brushed it with roast garlic, oil and a hint of soy and mustard. Dang good and took all of a minute as the fish went into the kitchen to be plated.

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I had a hot grill already with salmon, so I brushed it with roast garlic, oil and a hint of soy and mustard. 

I also like to grill (or broil) it - along with radicchio de treviso and small romaines - cut in half, brush heavily with olive oil, salt & pepper, grill each side till a nice color - great side dish with roasted meats.

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It's also great, and classic, braised slowly in stock.

This is my favorite way to eat it...also very popular here to make it into a stampot, basically a potato mash with lots of shredded endive throughout...here's Chufi's recipe.

I often make this endive mash and add chopped hardboiled eggs, chives and cubes of fried chorizo, sounds an unlikely combination, but it's very good.

Also, if you have braised endive, put it on some puff pastry, dot with blue cheese and pinenuts or walnuts, and bake until the pastry is done.

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I make an appetizer that everyone seems to rave about, and it's so simple.

Trim belgian endive and spread the leaves, facing-up, on a large dish. Sprinkle tiny bits of beets, toasted walnuts and blue cheese on top, and top with a simple white wine vinegrette and some chives. Sooooo good! And everyone loves finger food, right?

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Thanks everybody! You've given me some great ideas. I'll be trying them over the coming weeks.

Don't stop though. The more ideas the better as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks again.

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Trim belgian endive and spread the leaves, facing-up, on a large dish. 

We have been talking about the "other" endive, though...right? The green sort (disambiguation thread here)...

oh right. I was talking about the belgian one. So please ignore my post above. which refers to the wrong kind. sorry. :shock:

although I think that the OP was also referring to the belgian kind!

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Half the Endives ,lengthwise, and then with a bit of butter and oil in a pan, slowly sear the cut side until it caramelises and then you can deglaze with a bit of chicken stock ( not to cover but maybe halfway up) and then keep cooking till the stock is reduced and just glazing the endives, serve with a nice risotto, maybe some strong cheese to keep up with then endive like cheddar or blue and then you can garnish with caramelized walnuts or by grating a not too sweet gingerbread over it, or make ginger bread croutons ( I know it sounds weird but it really works well).

You can also make a nice chutney with the endives, chop endives, shallots and leeks to similar size, sweat all together in a skillet , once softened add some ginger, chopped garlic, sweat some more, add some lightly crushed spices (coriander seed, mustard, chili flakes, whatever you like) add sugar, vinegar and salt , some plumped raisins and then keep cooking till almost dry and jammy, great with most meats hot or cold.

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I halve them, cut the cores out and then cut thin.. Then add to a pan of hot caramel.. Coat and then serve with a blood orange or grapefruit sauce,with scallops or cod or white fish... I have seen some places use add grits or a cauliflower puree to the dish...

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oh right. I was talking about the belgian one. So please ignore my post above. which refers to the wrong kind. sorry.  :shock:

although I think that the OP was also referring to the belgian kind!

i think you might be right, don't know why i assumed the green kind...so we shan't ignore anyone's posts except mine. :wink:

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I like and often serve it with other winter greens and paired with fish.

Also in a warm salad, with pears, apples and/or quince and sometimes cheese.

Incidentally, tonight will be cod with endive and leeks. (Or if I can get some other kind of interesting fish at Citarella.)

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My favorite way to cook endive is to cut the heads in half, trim the bottom of the core but don't remove it, then place cut side down on a baking sheet that has been dotted with soft butter and sprinkled with brown sugar and salt. Roast in a medium oven until the caramel bubbles and the endive is soft, then leave to cool down to warm before lifting off of the pan. I always use slightly too much brown sugar and it always comes out delicious.

A great variation to this is to make a savory Tarte Tatin with Belgian endive. Melt butter, sugar, and salt in a nonstick skillet, cram in as much halved or sliced endive as will fit under the level of the rim of the pan, and cook until medium caramel bubbles up around the pieces. Cool slightly, then pour off most of the liquid that comes out of the endive as it will make the finished product too watery. Cover with a round of puff pastry, tuck the edges down the sides, and bake at 400F until the pastry is brown. Chill completely and then turn out onto a plate and slice. I've made individual ones as well, but man, that takes a lot of attention.

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