How to prepare endives

How to prepare endives
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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For 4 endives, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 2 endives 4 endives 8 endives 12 endives
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18 min.5 min.3 min.26 min.
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Stage 1 - 10 min.
How to prepare endives
Trim a little from the base of 5 endives (head of chicory), remove and discard any untidy leaves, then wash endives.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
How to prepare endives
Boil a large pan of salted water.

With a small sharp knife, remove a small cone from the bottom and discard it. The cone size depends on endive size, usually about half an inch is fine.

This reduces the endive's bitter taste.

Note:If endive are medium or big size, think to cut them in two, from top to bottom, to reduce cooking and blenching time.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
How to prepare endives
Put endives in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes...

Stage 4 - 5 min.
How to prepare endives
... then remove them using a skimmer, put into very cold water.

You've just blanched endives, and we do that to reduce the bitterness still further.

Stage 5 - 5 min.
How to prepare endives
Leave endives in cold water for five minutes, then drain and dry them. The best way is to use a salad spinner, and then leave on a tea-towel.
In this recipe I say "reduce bitterness" because we don't want to suppress it entirely: it's part of the endive taste, its character, that we should keep.
Several days in the frifge, in a closed box.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
70 Kcal or 293 Kj4 gr14 gr0 gr
4 %1 %1 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
20 Kcal or 84 Kj1 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
Per endives
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
18 Kcal or 75 Kj1 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
% 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 endives : 0.42 €
  • Per endives : 0.11 €

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Endives (head of chicory)Endives (head of chicory): You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Gratin of Endives with Mont d'Or, Flamiche, Endive and beer soup, Thin endive tart, Comtoise endive salad, ... All
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