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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

For 4 endives, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
18 min.5 min.3 min.26 min.
Preservation: Several days in the frifge, in a closed box.
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Step by step recipe

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


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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
704 gr14 gr0 gr
4 %1 %1 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
201 gr4 gr0 gr
1 %<1 %<1 %0 %
% 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 4 endives : 0.42 €
Per endives : 0.11 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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Source: Home made
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