Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Braised endive with prosciutto

Belgian endive is often used raw in salads, but I think it taste even better when cooked. This recipe from All About Braising combines endive with prosciutto and a touch of cream to make a really unique and delicious side dish. The endives lose most of their bitter flavor through the cooking process, and the prosciutto gets crispy when baked. To turn this into a meal, top each serving with a fried egg.

Braised endive with prosciutto
Adapted from All About Braising
Serves 3-4 as a side, 2 as a main course
4 heads of belgian endive, cut in half lengthwise
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chicken stock
3 slices of prosciutto
1 tablespoon of heavy cream
salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter over medium heat; add the endives, cut side down. Cook the endives until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the endives to a greased baking dish; arrange in a single layer, cut side up. Season the endives with salt and pepper. Tear the prosciutto slices into small pieces; arrange the prosciutto over the top of the endives. Pour the chicken stock into the dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and pour the cream over the endives. Return the dish to the oven and bake, uncovered, for another 10 minutes. Spoon the sauce from the bottom of the dish over the endives. Taste for seasoning and serve.

35 comments:

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Oh my, Sara. That looks delicious.
I'm always looking for ways to cook endive. Thanks!

Jaime said...

i've never had braised endives - this looks delicious

Nina's Cooking 4 Fun said...

Hi Sara,
yes, we make homemade sausages every
winter holidays from fresh pork meat.
It's a tradition back in my country,
Romania. Thanks for visit and comments. Your endive looks great!!!
I only make fresh salad or I use them for decoration.
XO, Nina

Natashya said...

I have never had braised endives before, sounds divine! I will look this book up on amazon.

soulchocolate said...

Oh Yum! Crispy proscuitto sounds fabulous paired with endives.

♥Reeni said...

That looks so yummy! I love the idea of putting an egg on it!

Esi said...

I've only ever had endive when it is raw, this sounds really delicious, especially topped with an egg...of course I love anything topped with an egg. :)

Passionate About Baking said...

Never had endives; never will get them here...but yours look ever so GOOD! WOW!!

Dee said...

This sounds (and looks) really good, Sara. I have Molly Steven's book too, and it's one of my favourites. Have you tried her Vietnamese Caramel Ribs? Amazing!

A very belated happy new year :)

Sara said...

Dee - I haven't tried that recipe yet, but I did make the five spice ribs. They were good, but not amazing.

Maria said...

Never tried this before, looks great though!

Peggy said...

Sara you have a great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine today. That endive looks delicious. I'll have to try that!

Grace said...

do you say "in-dive" or "on-deev"? i've heard both ways, but the latter sounds so snooty...
great creation, sara. :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's something I love! A delicious dish!

cheers,

Rosa

kathy said...

This looks and sounds so delicious. I've not heard of braising endives - will share this with my fil and see if he wants to try it

thanks for sharing

Dragon said...

I've never cooked endive before. Yours turned out great. I can't wait to try it.

Sara said...

Grace - I pronounce it "ehn-dive", but I think there are multiple pronunciations that are correct.

Robin Sue said...

I have never thought to cook endive before. I am learning so much from all my food blogger friends! This recipe looks so gourmet! Thanks for sharing.

Judy said...

I've been wanting to try endive, and this recipe really looks good. Thanks for posting it.

Cathy said...

I was looking at endive at my local market the other day and didn't buy it because I couldn't think what to do with it.

Now I know. This looks like a delicious side dish.

Candy said...

I always forget about endive! This looks like a wonderful recipe with so many variations

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds great! I've never heard of braised endive, but it looks good!

Ana Powell said...

Hi Sarah
Your dish looks delicious.
You always have wonderful food posts.
Ana x

Karen said...

I can't belieive I've never had endive. This recipe looks like a good start for me - I could make a meal of it!

Lisa said...

Delish. Prosciutto makes everything good.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh my! this makes me wanna braiseeeeee

Chef E said...

Wow this sounds good, and sometimes I wonder what the heck to do with endive...other than serve something on it fresh...out side the box cooking is what I like!

Thanks for coming over, I will keep an eye on your blog...

Daphne said...

hi sara! :) thanks for the comment..i'm not sure if endive is available here in the phils. but your recipe looks really yummy :) i love anything with prosciutto :)

Priscilla said...

I've never tried this before but it looks delicious!

Kristen said...

Would you believe I've never cooked with endive. There was a really interesting recipe in Martha Stewart Living this month that intrigued me and this one has as well. May have to give it a try soon!

Annie said...

It looks very good. I love the idea of a fried egg with it.

Navita said...

ur blog is a haven of delish recipes....glad i stumbled upon it.

couldn't be happier to say "hi".

Maris said...

This sounds really good! I want to do more braising this year. It sounds very simple and a great way to prep but I haven't tried it!

pigpigscorner said...

Looks delicious! I've never had endives before actually, wonder how it tastes like.

Jamie said...

Braised endives with ham is a traditional, rustic French dish, usually made with bechamel and gruyère sprinkled on top and made with a more ordinary type of ham. My Mother-in-law made it often. Yours, on the other hand, looks so much more elegant, more inviting and really delicious. You take this dish to another level.