Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Exciting endive

This is a marvellous and very flexible thing to do with endive or chicory (or are they the same thing?) that you can adapt for vegetarians or carnivores. It's also very easy to prepare ahead and doesn't take long to cook.

So, this principle is based on a lovely thing I found in Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, where you caramelise the cut face of some endive, slather it with a creamy mixture and then bake. The ingredients here are my own concoction, but you can use whatever you've got that's close.

Caremelised endive:
For 2

2 endive
40g butter
2 tsp caster sugar
some thick-ish cream or creme fraiche
thyme or chives/parsley/coriander
breadcrumbs of any description
salt and pepper
bacon or pancetta

1 Pre-heat your oven to 200C. Slice the endive into halves.

2 Melt the butter and sugar together in a frying pan gently and when it starts to bubble, place the endives face-down in the pan and fry until brown - about 2 minutes. Don't worry if the butter goes brown. Remove and arrange face-up on a baking sheet.

3 Mix together your topping of breadcrumbs, cream and herbs and bacon or pancetta. I lightly fried the bacon I used first - needless to say, it would be just as nice without. Spread a few teaspoons of the mixture onto the top of the endive.

Cook for 20 minutes. Bingo.


  1. Yum, a good excuse for a glass of white wine, or better, a glass of Fino. Apparently, you can do some clever things with celery too, but I haven't attempted it yet, so I'll let you know.
    Love the sound of your cheer-up feast (and the hanging lanterns). Bet it did the trick!

  2. Book has shipped from Amazon , v looking forward to it . The Endive looks great btw , have a few fave recipes myself , the best one being mum's apple pie of which she doesnt know any measurement she just chucks in handfuls... great mum easy to pass down recipes , brilliant aren't they :D

  3. I made this yesterday and it was so delicious I had to do a little jig in the kitchen. Thank you!
    Emily A

  4. Yurrah! Yes it's like incredibly naughty bad food but on an endive so it's practically TOFU