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Nov 29, 2013 09:16 PM

Curly endive recipe?

I'm new to cooking curly endive, probably only had it in small amounts via boxed spring mixes. I bought some yesterday to try. Most of the recipes online with curly endive points to salad recipes. Does anyone have any recipes/tips to cooking this vegetable?

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  1. Stir fry it with some chicken and chopped walnuts.

    Works well in soups as well, and it's not bad on pizzas.

    1. Sauteed with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts, raisins, maybe a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

      1. I used to work in a restaurant that used curly endive as a garnish. A friend used to manage the produce department in a supermarket across the parking lot. He said we (that is, my restaurant employers) were the only customers who bought curly endive!

        1. I think it can get even more bitter when cooked....
          I would mix this with a more mild green- like 50/50, a salad or dish of just endive might be a bit much first time around.
          I love to make a hot vinegrette- either bacon fat or whatever oil you like in a basic basalmic vinegrette heated until bubbling, drizzle generously over the greens. They will wilt some and soften. Great with a poached egg ontop and bacon for most common french salad.

          Or, toss with olive oil and salt and roast at 350 for 10-15min until the edges start to brown. Let cool slightly, the leaves should shatter when you bite into them.