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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Endive au Gratin

A while back, we received some endive in our Bountiful Basket. I had heard of endive but really didn't know what it was and had no idea how to prepare it. So my little sister looked up recipes and chose this one from Not all the kids loved it, but the adults thought it was delicious! The flavor of the endive in this recipe reminded me a bit of the flavor of fennel--except I liked it a lot more.

Endive au Gratin

8 heads Belgian endive, trimmed
2 Tb. butter
2 Tb. flour (we always use whole wheat)
1 c. milk
1 c. grated Gruyere cheese, divided (we didn't have any and used grated cheddar instead)
2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, or amount to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
8 slices deli-style ham
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley

Lightly grease baking dish.
Bring large pot of lightly salted water to boil over medium-high heat.
Place endives into water. Cover, cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
Place butter into saucepan, melt over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stir until mixture becomes paste-like and golden brown. 
Gradually whisk milk into flour mixture, whisking constantly until thick and smooth. 
Stir in 3/4 c. Gruyere (or cheddar) cheese, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until well blended. Cook gently over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
Preheat oven broiler to low.
Drain endives. Wrap each endive with slice of ham and place into prepared baking dish. 
Pour cheese sauce over endives. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. Gruyere (or cheddar) cheese and parsley.
Cook endives under preheated broiler until cheese is golden brown and sauce bubbles, about 10 minutes.

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