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

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Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.

Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 30 min.
Endives  : Photo of step #1
Prepare 300 g Bechamel sauce.

Prepare 8 endives (head of chicory)

Stage 2 - 1 min.
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Chop 1 shallot finely.

In a frying pan on medium heat, pour 3 tablespoons olive oil and cook shallot 30 seconds, salt and pepper.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
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Put 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.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
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Lay out half a slice of ham, about the size of an endive...

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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... and roll endive up in it.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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Do this for all the 8 endives (head of chicory), and arrange them in a dish.

Preheat oven to 392°F (200°C).

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Pour in bechamel sauce according to taste, and grate some cheese on top.

Stage 8 - 25 min.
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Put in the oven for about 25 minutes.

Stage 9
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Don'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
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,073 Kcal or 8,679 Kj84 gr91 gr153 gr
104 %32 %9 %23 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
160 Kcal or 670 Kj6 gr7 gr12 gr
8 %2 %1 %2 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
259 Kcal or 1,084 Kj10 gr11 gr19 gr
13 %4 %1 %3 %
% 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).

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Home made.

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This recipe uses (among others)
Bechamel sauceBechamel sauce: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Bolognaise lasagne, Ham "friand" pie, Spinach on toast with bechamel, Scallops au gratin, Spinach Mornay, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Endive gratin with cancoillotte, Duck Parmentier, Gougères, Algerian brik rolls, Oxtail Parmentier, ... All
Endives (head of chicory)Endives (head of chicory): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: How to prepare endives , Endive and cheese salad with croutons, Thin endive tart, Comtoise endive salad, Comtoise endive salad, ... All
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