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A very classic recipe, but which can easily fail due to two main errors: too much water in bottom of dish because endives give off a lot, and endives that are too bitter so that children hate it.

Here is a method which avoids these two problems.


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Last modified on: February 14th 2012

For 8 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
48 min.41 min.1 hour 29 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

1 Endives  : Photo of step #1Prepare 300 g Bechamel sauce.

Prepare 8 endives (head of chicory)
30 min.
2 Endives  : Photo of step #2Chop 1 shallot finely.

In a frying pan on medium heat, pour 3 tablespoons olive oil and cook shallot 30 seconds, salt and pepper.
1 min.
3 Endives  : Photo of step #3Put thoroughly drained and dried endives in the frying pan, sprinkle with juice of ½ lemon, and cook on each side until lightly browned.

Remove from heat.
15 min.
4 Endives  : Photo of step #4Lay out half a slice of ham, about the size of an endive... 1 min.
5 Endives  : Photo of step #5... and roll endive up in it. 2 min.
6 Endives  : Photo of step #6Do this for all the 8 endives (head of chicory), and arrange them in a dish.

Preheat oven to 392°F (200°C).
10 min.
7 Endives  : Photo of step #7Pour in bechamel sauce according to taste, and grate some cheese on top. 5 min.
8 Endives  : Photo of step #8Put in the oven for about 25 minutes. 25 min.
9 Endives  : Photo of step #9Don't hesitate to finish briefly under the grill to brown the top well.


Don't put too much cheese on top, otherwise the dish will be too fatty.

You can use any kind of ham you wish, personally I prefer smoked.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
2079111 gr172 gr222 gr
104 %43 %16 %34 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
1619 gr13 gr17 gr
8 %3 %1 %3 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
25913 gr21 gr27 gr
13 %5 %2 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 8 people : 4.55 €
Per person : 0.57 €

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Source: Home made
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