Cheesy Baked Endive

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cheesy side dish recipe, endive recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 505 kcal
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! 


  • 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


  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*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 745mg32%
Potassium 337mg10%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 775IU16%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 581mg58%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.