Cheesy Baked Endive

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  • Is it just me or do you make the same side dishes over and over again? I get so tired of them same thing, so on this date, I decided to up my game and try something new!

    Cheesy Baked Endive are endives wrapped in ham and covered in nutmeg and Dijon mustard spiked cheese sauce. Prepare ahead of time and just stick it in the oven to finish! #cheesysidedishrecipe #endiverecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Cheesy Baked Endive are endives wrapped in ham and covered in nutmeg and Dijon mustard spiked cheese sauce. Prepare ahead of time and just stick it in the oven to finish!

    Cheesy Baked Endive with Ham, also known Gratin d’Endives au Jambon, is another one of my New Year’s resolutions. This cheesy side dish is a French recipe adapted from French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis.

    Along with Creamy Leek and Potato Soup and French Baked Chicken, this recipe was a forcing me to exit my comfort zone, as I rarely (okay, never) work with endive at home.

    In fact, I think the only time I’ve ever had Belgian endive was served at parties and weddings with a Waldorf salad. They were more of the serving utensil than part of the recipe.

    What is endive? It is a green vegetable that is used much like a lettuce, although some forms look more like commonly used herbs. Curly endive, also known as frisee and chicory, has tightly bunched, frizzy leaves and is mostly eaten as a salad green or garnish. You probably eat these varieties more commonly than Belgium.

    Cheesy Baked Endive are endives wrapped in ham and covered in nutmeg and Dijon mustard spiked cheese sauce. Prepare ahead of time and just stick it in the oven to finish! #cheesysidedishrecipe #endiverecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    Belgian endive, the type used in this recipe, can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves are crunchy and slightly bitter, but the tastes mellow when cooked. Leaves might be a little tough, but cooking also helps soften.

    Since I was busy making several other dishes and had a large skillet with rendered bacon fat, I decided to use this for sauteing endive halves instead of olive oil. You can use olive oil or even unsalted butter. If you use salted butter, omit salt from the rest of the recipe.

    A few tablespoons of sugar offsets potential bitterness. A nice blond roux, freshly grated nutmeg and Dijon mustard result in a zesty cheese sauce over delicate endive wrapped in ham. Put it all in a casserole dish to bubble and you have an extraordinary side dish!

    Cheesy Baked Endive Recipe- endive sautéed in bacon fat and sugar, wrapped in ham and baked in a decadent cheese sauce. This is a fabulous French side dish! www.savoryexperiments.com

    My family loved it! Cheesy Baked Endive was a pleasing break from our usual at-home side dishes. We hope you enjoy it too!

    Looking for more side dish recipes? Check these out!

     

    Cheesy Baked Endive are endives wrapped in ham and covered in nutmeg and Dijon mustard spiked cheese sauce. Prepare ahead of time and just stick it in the oven to finish! #cheesysidedishrecipe #endiverecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

    5 from 1 vote
    Cheesy Baked Endive
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    40 mins
    Total Time
    55 mins
     
    Cheesy Baked Endive are endives wrapped in ham and covered in nutmeg and Dijon mustard spiked cheese sauce. Prepare ahead of time and just stick it in the oven to finish! 
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: French
    Keyword: cheesy side dish recipe, endive recipes
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 505 kcal
    Ingredients
    • 6 endives root and discolored leaves removed, cuthalf lengthwise
    • 4 tablespoons bacon grease or olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 6 thin honey ham slices
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 4 tablespoons flour
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh nutmeg grated
    • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 large garlic cloves minced
    • 8 ounces Gruyere finely grated
    • 1/2 cup pecorino reggiano cheese finely grated
    • Italian parsley for garnish
    • Cooking spray
    Instructions
    1. Heat bacon grease in a large skillet, when hot, sprinkle sugar over top. Add endive, sliced side down, sauteing for 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Turn and repeat.
    2. Remove and cool slightly. Put 2 endive halves back together and wrap with a thin slice of honey ham to secure.
    3. Coat gratin dish with cooking spray and place wrapped endive in a single layer, set aside.
    4. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, whisking in flour until a light brown color with a nutty smell. Whisk in milk until smooth, then add Dijon mustard to minced garlic.
    5. Finally, whisk in cheeses and simmer until thick.
    6. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pour cheese sauce over wrapped endive. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.
    7. Remove and allow to sit for 5 minutes before topping with chopped Italian parsley and serve.
    8. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was! 

    Nutrition Facts
    Cheesy Baked Endive
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 505 Calories from Fat 351
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 39g 60%
    Saturated Fat 20g 100%
    Cholesterol 104mg 35%
    Sodium 745mg 31%
    Potassium 337mg 10%
    Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 8g
    Protein 23g 46%
    Vitamin A 15.5%
    Vitamin C 2.2%
    Calcium 58.1%
    Iron 4.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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