How to prepare endives

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  1. 10 min.How to prepare endives  : Photo of step #1
    Trim a little from the base of 5 endives (head of chicory), remove and discard any untidy leaves, then wash endives.
  2. 3 min.How to prepare endives  : Photo of step #2
    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.
  3. 3 min.How to prepare endives  : Photo of step #3
    Put endives in boiling salted water for 2-3 minutes...
  4. 5 min.How to prepare endives  : Photo of step #4
    ... 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.
  5. 5 min.How to prepare endives  : Photo of step #5
    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.

Remarks:

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.

Source:

Home made

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