A long appreciated European delicacy, endive adds a lightly bitter piquancy to salads. Curly endive is a member of the daisy family. Curly endive can mistakenly be referred to as chicory, loose-leaf chicory, curly chicory, frisée, and frise.
Curly endive is a bitter green that can add texture and flavor to many types of dishes. Once cooked, curly endive loses some of its bitterness. Therefore, you can, for instance, steam it, drizzle it with olive oil and lemon juice and season it with cinnamon. Add chopped curly endive to a bean soup just before serving and let it barely wilt. Saute the curly endive and then add to mashed potatoes. Chop endive and toss with your favorite salad topped with a sweet dressing.
Curly Endive is high in folate, fiber and vitamins A & K. Endive keeps well in the fridge for nearly two weeks – but don’t wait that long to enjoy it !
History Trivia: Endive and chicory are believed to have been included in the bitter herbs that were consumed by early Israelites during passover, to remember their exodus from Egypt.
Curly Endive & Walnut Salad
- 1/4 large curly endive lettuce or 1/4 large escarole, torn into bite size pieces
- 1 large tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 1 green onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Combine endive, tomato and walnuts in large salad bowl.
- Mix green onion, vinegar and mustard in small bowl.
- Slowly, whisk in oil.
- Season with salt and pepper, pour over dressing over salad and toss
Curly Endive with Butter Beans and Tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3-5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 pint grape tomatoes
- Approx 2 cups cooked butter beans
- 1 head curly endive
- Fresh black pepper
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Endive & Bean Soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 2/3 cup diced ham (about 3 ounces)
- 2 large heads curly endive, cut into bite-size pieces
- 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
- 1 15-to 16-ounce can Great Northern beans, drained or 2 cups of freshly cooked dry beans of your choice