Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Endive Snow

EndiveEndive is a bitter leafy vegetable that is often used in salads or eaten as a side dish. There are multiple varieties of endive, including Belgian endive, escarole, and curly endive (frisée). Like other greens, endive is very low in calories, which makes it a great addition to any weight-loss plan. Endive is a good source of potassium, a mineral involved in managing blood pressure and preventing osteoporosis. It is also a potent source of vitamin K, which may prevent bone fractures. A lot of people are unfamiliar with the Belgian Endive but it is one of my favourites and I like it several different ways. The Dutch have a number of recipes for it too, they call it Whitloof. We have a friend who often prepares it but won’t share her recipe. She says she can then serve it to us and it will be ‘different’.

I can't believe it, the snow started early Saturday night and has been snowing all day on Sunday. It's April for goodness sake.

This is one of our favourite ways to prepare Belgian Endive.


Endive Boats

Reader’s Digest Live Longer Cookbook

1 small Red or green pepper finely choppedEndive Boats
3 lge radishes finely chopped
1/2 cup carrot peeled and grated
2 Tbs shallot finely chopped
2 oz feta cheese, finely crumbled
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbs snipped fresh dill
1 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs olive oil
2 endives (20 leaves)
sprigs of dill for garnish

1. Instructions:  In a medium bowl combine first 8 ingredients - through dill - in another bowl whisk lemon juice and oil. Pour over mixture, stir to combine.
2. Spoon 1 tbs of filling into bottom 2/3 of each leaf. Garnish with small sprig of dill.
Author Notes
Can add 1/2 cup shrimp or other seafood.

Have a great day
Jo

44 comments:

  1. If it is normally bitter but your friend's recipe isn't - you might try a tiny pinch of nutmeg to eliminate the bitterness. Good stuff, Jo.

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    1. I don't mind the bitterness of endive Dixie. The same with several other salad greens. Adds a good flavour. Radicchio comes to mind.

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  2. If I had to do an A to Z of stuff I don't care for, I could copy your first few letters, lol. I've used endive only to hold something I actually want to eat.

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    1. Sorry about that. I have a feeling this will be the same all the way through. I thoroughly enjoy endive.

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  3. For as much as I love veggies, I've never heard of endive. Or even seen it (or maybe I've just ignored it since I didn't know what it was). I like the sound of these boats, though. And definitely with shrimp.

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    1. I guess it is something of an acquired taste if you can find it at all. Most people over this side of the pond call it Belgian Endive. I could eat those boats ad infinitum. They are good either way. Who am I talking to, Bryan or Brandon? do you both cook?

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  4. I have been served Endive at a friends home, used as an appetizer. You can put all kinds of things in its shell. But I have not used it myself, but you inspire me, Jo!

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    1. Glad I do, I enjoy it so much, even just in my salads it's good.

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  5. Oh it's bitter? That's probably why I've never used it.

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    1. Not very bitter, but probably not your thing.

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  6. I don't think I've ever seen it yellow.

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    1. No? It's basically either yellowy or greeny.

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  7. Hi Jo - love endive .. I sometimes slice it and add it to my salad at lunch time .. and I've also had it rolled in ham, baked by covering with a cheese and mustard sauce - delicious. Great recipe though ...

    But snow - oh yes we've had snow here about six years ago in the middle of April .. six inches of it! Extraordinary .. but I know it's still freezing cold over with you - jolly unfair! It is warming up here .. 17 deg by the coast .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I like the sound of that Hilary.

      It's not that cold here and the snow has all gone now except where it was really piled up in parking lots, etc. We are expecting 11°C today.

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  8. Thanks for letting me know how it tastes. I heard of it but never knew what it was. I'm glad I found your blog as I will be trying some of the se recipes

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    1. Glad to hear Birgit. Having to catch up as I have been out bowling this afternoon.

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  9. Endive isn't something I have tried! But the pic looks good :)

    Read my post Entrapped

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    1. I enjoy it but quite a few people do not I gather.

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  10. The only way I've ever used endive is as a "boat." I didn't realize that until I read your post (the recipe is yummy!).

    Thanks so much! Glad you're in the A-to-Z!

    Cherdo
    www.cherdoontheflipside.com

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    1. It has many ways of being served. Definitely a favourite of mine.

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  11. You are on my list to check if you are being part of the A to Z Challenge.

    THANK YOU for being up to the letter "E"...
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    HOLLYWOOD NUTS!
    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

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    1. Hi Jeremy thanks. Are you hosting or minioning? I will definitely be here to the end, I have all my posts scheduled.

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  12. My grandmother-in-law would never share her recipes outside the family. I have a few of her wonderful creations and I am sworn to secrecy. It's such a shame, but a promise is a promise.
    I've never eaten endive. How sad a creature am I?

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    1. I know what you mean Liz, but at least she shared them with you.

      A lot of people haven't so don't feel bad about it LOL.

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  13. I've never heard of this before, it sure has a lot of benefits. I may have to try some.

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    1. Try it in a recipe rather than on it's own for the first time.

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  14. We love endive. The first place I ever had it was in France! Love it in salads. We just had some a few weeks ago. I'm going to try your recipe! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. Just been bowling so I'm late. Shoulder coped. Don't remember if I had it in France but certainly ate it in the UK. I lived en famille for a month when I was 15 but don't remember endive. I remember artichokes, absolutely gorgeous ones, and at the time I didn't like them. These days one of my faves.

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  15. You're right about the bitter taste which is why I don't eat endives nearly as often as I should. Mixing them up in a salad is a good way to get around that bitterness, though my favorite way to eat them is au gratin with ham à la béchamel. :)

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    1. That sounds like the way Hilary prepares them too. Do try them like this, they really are delicious.

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  16. We've been complaining that it's still 34 degrees C and four 0'clock in the afternoon and it's April! We are living in a topsy turvy world!

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    1. I have a friend in the Adelaide area and she often talks about temps in the 40s. That would kill me, but she loves it.

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  17. Ooooh, that does sound good especially adding the seafood! I'm going to try this one.

    Jo, our last big storm was March 4 and 5th and dropped a lot of snow. By day 6 the temps rising and rain melted it. It was followed by normal and wonderful warm sunny days. then a cold front came through last weekend and all that moiture came down as snow. I almost cried. BIG snowflakes and about an inch. But by noon? The temps went up over freezing and the rain fell and no more snow. It's April, dammit, enough snow already.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. It was a rather odd snowstorm, the roofs were white as was all the grass, but the roads and pathways, driveways too, were bare so it all looked rather peculiar. Like it had been designed that way.

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  18. I think it's hilarious your friend won't share her recipe... I'm telling you.. those Dutch people :)

    PS... Today was the first day in two weeks we were able to wear shorts, so I hope your snow is gone tomorrow - like the shoulder pain!!

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    1. Germans too, Matt worked with a woman who made a wonderful recipe lots of us tried to get her to share but she wouldn't.

      Lucky you, shorts won't be worn here for a while yet. The snow has just about disappeared, the shoulder not so much.

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  19. Hi Jo,

    Eeeks and sorry for my not actually getting here until the letter "E".

    I like a bit of Endive. Although, the Belgian part reminds me my ex wife is Belgian.

    Snow in April, eh. It was 21 centigrade here in Leek, as in the English town, on Monday.

    Happy alphabetting. Roll on May!

    Gary

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    1. That's OK Gary, I know you are somewhat anti A to Z anyway. I enjoy Endive too.

      Did you have to mention your local temp. Talk about rubbing it in.

      Cheers.

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  20. Hi Jo! I am not sure if I have eaten this veggie before but I think somehow I did coz I am a salad lover. The recipe looks nice to me.

    Good luck on the A-Z in here! :)

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    1. It is delicious I can promise you. Good luck to you too.

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  21. Had never heard of this until now. Seems like it is really healthy.

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    1. I always enjoy it, don't know if you would find it in your part of the world but then you can get things I can't..

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  22. I never realized how many vitamins there were in endives. We'll have to start adding them to our diets.

    Julie

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    1. Must say I didn't either and I've been eating it for years.

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