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I'm planning on serving stuffed endive as an appetizer for a cocktail party. What should I stuff them with? In the past I've done a curried chicken salad and a smoked salmon salad. I'd like to do something different. Ideas?

I'm also thinking of serving something atop cucumber rounds other than a smoked salmon type of thing. Ideas appreciated for this as well.

Thanks!

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  1. I have stuffed endive with goat cheese, topped with candied pecans and then drizzled honey over the top. It was very delicious and popular. As far as topping the cucumber rounds, I have topped them with chopped black olives and feta cheese for a mediterranean flavor.

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    1. re: jrgilda

      I do a similar one with dried figs (I have used fig jam also) gorgonzola cheese and candied pecans.

    2. I had some cucumber rounds topped with a chopped shrimp curry and peach chutney a few weeks ago that were simply amazing, so that gets my vote!

      1. There's a recipe (probably on Epicurious) for a Thai crab salad stuffing that is great for endive. I've done it a few times. Very nice.

        1. I like endive with a walnut salad. Trim endive leaves and separate leaves. Prepare the dressing by mashing a small garlic clove to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk the garlic paste with 2 tablespoons each fresh lemon juice and EVOO, and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise. Cut a one-quarter pound piece Parmesan into 1/8"dice. Finely chop celery to make 1/2 cup. Stir the Parmesan and celery into the dressing. All this preparation can be done up to one day ahead.

          When you're ready so serve, stir into the dressing 1 cup of walnuts that have have been lightly toasted and finely chopped, and 1/4 cup of finely chopped Italian parsley leaves. Spoon about a tablespoon of salad onto the stem end of each endive leaf and arrange them on a plate.

          The quantities for this salad will fill the leaves of about 4 Belgian endives.

          1. we like endive stuffed with with southern shrimp salad or crab salad.
            cucumber rounds with hummus or creamy herbed cheese
            of course pimento cheese in either!!!!!

            1. I think endive goes well with flavored cream cheese, the crisp and bitter with the salty and fatty. Soften you cream cheese and put it in a food processor with almost anything you like to flavor it. I like smoked salmon and dill, but you can do herbs, softened goat or blue cheese, chopped olives, whatever.

              1. I used the following epicurious recipe as a base line
                http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                I made it two ways one where I upped the cilantro and eliminated the chives for a non onion eater
                and one as written

                both times I was askee for the recipe

                1. I sometimes use endive to cradle hearts of palm segments, and I dress them up with strips of roasted peppers and nopalitos for the colors of the Mexican flag, and drizzle honey mustard on them. It makes for a fun and colorful salad.

                  1. When I was in Hawaii last time I went to Longhi's and had their endive salad.

                    "Fresh Belgian endive topped with caramelized macadamia nuts and Italian gorgonzola cheese with a honey-scallion-mint vinaigrette"

                    www.longhis.com/

                    I loved it and now make it all the time to great reviews. I've attached a pict I found on the web.