Oven Roasted Endives pair perfectly with chicken, pork and fish. They are easy to cook, and are ready in under 30 minutes.
I had only ever heard of endives on a cooking show. It wasn't an ingredient that my momma ever used in her southern cooking. And I'm almost certain that neither of my grandmothers did either.
I have no idea where it originated, nor do I know if it was even around when they were in their prime cooking years. I do know that we were at Trader Joe's and I saw a package of 3 that was very reasonably priced, and decided to grab them.
I had no idea how to cook it, so I went on the great wide internet search the night I had planned on preparing them.
We love grabbing ingredients that we've seen on Chopped, or Top Chef. (currently obsessed with that show, and can't wait until the next season airs) It's fun to taste new flavors, and cook with new ingredients.
I have told Zack on more than one occasion that I would love to play Chopped at home, and have him go and buy a few mystery ingredients, and let me figure out something. I think it would be fun and really get my creative juices flowing.
When watching Chopped on tv, I almost always come up with an idea that I would have done, and fuss when a chef does something completely crazy that doesn't turn out. I'm like "well you should have went with _______."
That is one show that I would love to be on one day. Then I remember I'm not trained, other than through trial and error, I never make dishes look all that great by drizzling this and that all over the plate (those bread crumbs on the plate, well they happened as I was plating up), and there is no way that I can make a gastrique if I've been given alcohol and a crazy hard candy. Even though I would try my hardest because it sounds like a really cool sauce.
I also would be able to make pasta out of a loaf of bread or a dough from a box of cereal. <--- I pay plenty of attention, they just don't give instructions.
Back to these endives....They really remind me of possibly roasted romaine lettuce. Although I've never roasted the lettuce, I believe that this is what it would taste like. They were good.
Kelsie wasn't fond of them, but she very rarely eats something like this. The other three of us loved them. Too bad they don't carry them closer than the two hour drive to Trader Joe's. Oh well, I'll just have to pick up more when we are there again.
What are endives?
Endives are a member of the chicory family. This includes more the familiar radicchio, escarole, and frisee.
What does an endive taste like?
Endives have a crisp texture with a sweet, nutty flavor.
How do you eat endive?
They are great served raw or cooked.
Oven Roasted Endives ingredients:
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- thyme you can use fresh or dry
- bread crumbs
A few other vegetable sides that you may like:
With it's crisp texture, slightly bitter, but sweet flavor, roasted endives are the perfect pairing with just about any dinner.
- 4-5 endives
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons minced thyme you can use fresh or dry
- 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
- ½ tablespoon butter
- In a small pan heat ½ tablespoon butter over medium-high heat until melted.
- Add your bread crumbs to the melted butter, cook until your bread crumbs are slightly toasted (golden brown), giving it a good toss every now and then.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Remove a couple of outer leaves from the endives if they are damaged, rinse them well, and pat dry.
- Slice the endives in half, length-wise.
- Toss in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place in a baking dish, sliced sides facing up, and roast for 15 to 20 minutes until they are tender and starting to turn golden brown.
- Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet, or toss in the microwave for a quick minute.
- Toss the thyme in the heated oil and drizzle over the top of the roasted endives.
- Sprinkle with the toasted bread crumbs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
This sounds delicious! Pinning to the Veggies Board. #Foppema's Recipe Swap!
Cristina @ I Say Nomato
These look really delicious - if they're anything like grilled lettuce then I'm sure they're amazing! I love the addition of bread crumbs, just to give it a little more oomph! yum!
Oooh, I've never had grilled lettuce! That sounds yummy! I will have to look into that!
The Future Mrs. Vines
I love the challenge type cooking shows. That's where I used to get my ideas, but we don't have cable anymore. I should see what Netflix has on tap.
I've never used endive either. I've just recently roasted broccoli and made kale chips. My favorite veggie to roast is burussels sprouts. I'm on a roasting kick, so I'll definitely have to try this.
Stopping by from Meandering Mondays!
I'll have to try roasting brussel sprouts. Currently only my husband and oldest daughter will eat them. Maybe if we tried roasting, me and my youngest would enjoy them too!
Jenna @ A Savory Feast
I don't think I've ever tried endives. You make them look so fancy and yummy! I need to give them a shot soon.
Oh wow...what a neat idea! I totally have to try this! 🙂
Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!
I think you'll love it!
Oh man, I love Chopped and the one with Alton brown where they get to bid on sabotages for other team mates! The things they come up with are crazy and I really want to be able to taste them to see if they really worked out! I do love endives, so I think I need to try your recipe, I think the kids would like it too (I just fed them roasted cabbage steaks and they loved that).
Cutthroat Kitchen, love that show!! Roasted cabbage steaks, hmmm, I may need to try those! I'm always looking for inventive ways to eat veggies.
Easy Peasy Life Matters
We have never tried endives so this would be really fun! Thanks so much for sharing on the Thank Goodness it's Monday link up 🙂
You gotta give them a try!
What a great recipe. Thank you for sharing at the Recipe Swap.
Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes
I've never heard of endives! I love trying new ingredients so I'll have to keep my eyes peeled next time I'm in the shops. Are they a lettuce? They look a bit like an onion! I'm intrigued! Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare
They tasted a bit like a very mild onion, but they also had a bit of a lettuce texture.
Clairejustine oxox (Clairejustineoxox)
These sound nice, I've never tried them before!
Thanks for sharing at creative Mondays
They are quite yummy delish!
I have never tried endive before - they sound so elegant. Imagine telling your guests, "we are starting with a little roasted endive" and watch their jaws drop. ha ha!
Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty. I hope you will join us next week too.
Audrey, it does sound so elegant! Didn't think about it that way! I think I may have to get some the next time we have guests over, just for the reaction!
That's funny that you actually tried to cook an ingredient you saw on one of those shows. They are always coming up with something I never heard of! Thanks for joining us on Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday!
I always want to try things that I've never heard of that they cook on tv! It's like a an adventure without leaving the kitchen! 🙂