Endives "bonne femme"

Endives "bonne femme"
A one-pot endive dish with potatoes, onion and bacon.

[Translator's note: the French "bonne femme" style is good, straightforward home cooking (whether the cook is a man or a woman!).
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Last modified on: May 12th 2013

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 10 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Prepare and chop 300 g onion.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Peel 500 g potatoes and slice, then rinse and dry.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Pour 4 tablespoons olive oil into a large saucepan or casserole on medium heat.

When hot, add 200 g small pieces of smoked bacon and cook for 2 or 3 minutes while stirring.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Add the chopped onion, salt and pepper and stir well. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes without colouring.

Stage 5 - 30 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Add the sliced potatoes, salt and pepper again and stir well.

Cover and leave to cook for about 30 minutes.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Meanwhile, prepare 700 g endives (head of chicory) but do not blanch, then cut into pieces.

Stage 7 - 10 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Add the endives to the pan, add the juice of ½ lemon and stir well.

Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Remove the lid and check if the potatoes are cooked. They should be soft. If not, leave to finish cooking without the lid.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
Endives "bonne femme"
Serve piping hot, either on individual plates or straight from the pan in the middle of the table.
As with any cunningly modest recipe like this one, the proportions are very approximate, so you can adapt it to suit yourself.

I love to eat this with a drizzle of vinegar over it, but that's a matter of personal taste.
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,406 Kcal or 10,073 Kj40 gr156 gr181 gr
120 %15 %15 %27 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
132 Kcal or 553 Kj2 gr9 gr10 gr
7 %1 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
602 Kcal or 2,520 Kj10 gr39 gr45 gr
30 %4 %4 %7 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 3.59 €
  • Per person : 0.90 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Endives (head of chicory)Endives (head of chicory): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Purple sprouting broccoli and endive salad, Ham and endives au gratin, Gratin du Nord, Endives , Endive and beer soup, ... All
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pan-baked hash brown (Hash-brown casserole), Smooth mixed vegetable soup, Late Winter Soup with Fresh Spinach, Chilli langoustines, Smoky sausage and mash, ... All
OnionOnion: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Comtoise stuffed tomatoes, Salmon marinated like herring, How to prepare an onion or shallot, Seven-hour lamb, Spicy mustard cauliflower cheese, ... All
Small pieces of smoked baconSmall pieces of smoked bacon: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Spinach à la Lorraine, Salad paysanne, Veal Marengo, Comtoise endive salad, Rabbit civet "à la normande", ... All
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