Caramelised Endive with a Creamy Cheesy Topping

A comforting dish as the weather turns cooler

Caramelised Endive with Cheesy Topping | Ottolenghi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

The bitter tang of Belgium Endive is a wonderful contrast to our normal fare. Today, it is partially cooked on a pan and then finished in the oven with a creamy cheesy breadcrumb topping.

This is an ideal dish to prepare ahead. Get it ready to pop into the oven, then it is a quick dish for lunches or a quick dinner side dish.

You might also like to try Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad. Browse our Autumn dishes here and here.

Caramelised Endive with Cheesy Topping | Ottolenghi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Caramelised Endive with a Creamy Cheesy Topping

source: Ottolenghi’s book Ottolenghi
prep time: 5 mins
bake time: 15 mins
serves 3-6 depending how you use it

ingredients
3 endives cut in half lengthwise
20g unsalted butter
2 tspn caster sugar
25g breadcrumbs
35g parmesan cheese, grated
1 tspn thyme leaves
60 ml whipping cream
olive oil
chopped parsley (optional)

method
Preheat the oven to 200C.

Put the butter in a pan, add the sugar and put it over a high heat. As the butter melts, stir to mix. When the butter starts to bubble, place the endive halves, face down, on the butter and cook for 2 – 3 minutes until golden. You may have to press down on them.

Line a tray with baking paper, and place the endives, cut side up, on the paper. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

Mix the breadcrumbs, cheese, thyme, cream and a little salt and pepper. Spoon this over the breadcrumbs and place into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes to bake. The endives should feel soft when poked with a knife.

Serve hot or warm, drizzled with some olive oil and sprinkled with chopped parsley, if using.

Caramelised Endive with Cheesy Topping | Ottolenghi | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Author: Ganga108

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