Monday, 18 March 2013

Grilled Belgian Endives...


This is really a recipe for better weather, but we decided to have a barbecue this weekend, regardless of the lack of heat or sun!!  Grilling the endives on the barbecue adds a smoky taste and the honey marinade takes the bitterness away.  These grilled endives accompanied a succulent "côte de boeuf" (rib of beef) and a mix leaf salad - a delicious combination!
This dish can also be prepared in the oven or in a griddle pan, but you must put the olive oil at the beginning and the honey 5 -10 minutes before the end, so it will not burn.

To serve 4 persons :

60 ml / 1/4 cup olive oil 
heaped tablespoon of honey 
salt and white pepper to taste

Heat in a small pan to melt the honey if the honey is not very liquid.

8 endives split in two, lengthways

Place the endives (the cut side up) on to the hot barbecue.
Lightly brush a small amount of the marinade onto the endives (using a silicon brush).
Cook for 3  minutes.
Turn the endives over and brush again with a small quantity of the marinade.
After 4 minutes, turn them over again and brush some more marinade on the endives and carry on cooking for another 4 minutes (they should be just cooked through, soft with a bite to them - you may choose to cook them slightly longer).
Serve and "bon appétit"!

These endives can also be served cold in a salad and taste really fantastic!

23 comments:

  1. We've been grilling all winter. Will share this with Tom as he loves to do the grilling. Waiting for spring in DC, Loi

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    1. Hello Loi,
      We have not been as brave and our Barbecue has been all wrapped up, but not any more!! Pleased you liked it! Spring is on the way...
      Ivan

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  2. Hi Ivan! Honestly, I never know what to do with endives, so this sounds perfect! Do you also grow them?

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    1. Hello,
      So happy you liked this, is was really good cold also. We have not, as yet, grown them here but should try.
      Ivan

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  3. Yummy! I can imagine how these will taste, Ivan. Thanks for another 'manageable' recipe!
    Jim

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    1. Hello Jim,
      It is a quick recipe but a keeper, and all the difference is in the honey! Pleased you liked it!
      Ivan

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  4. I love grilled veggies. Especially with still a bit of a bite to them as you describe. I find in restaurants they get that wrong all the time and the veggies are too underdone. When they get it right it is magic though.

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    1. Hello Chania,
      It is so sad when the veg comes out a professional kitchen underdone, it just takes a quick test with a knife. I totally agree it is magic when it cooked perfectly.
      Ivan

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  5. I do love cooking on the BBQ, are they bitter?

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    1. Hello Jill,
      I do also love cooking on the BBQ - yes, they can be a bit bitter, but the honey evens it out.
      Ivan

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  6. Endive ~~~~ mmmmm ~~~ haven't enjoyed these in years. I so glad about your version because they sound so tasty and flavourful.

    Regards
    Ron

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    1. Hello Ron and Sophie,
      I hope you get to try this, the honey really balances the slight bitterness. The barbecue taste is good also, we love grilling everything!
      Ivan

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  7. Yum! They look delicious!

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    1. Hello Terry,
      Pleased you liked this, thanks!
      Ivan

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  8. We've been eating endive in salad recently (with beets or with apples/walnuts/cheese). I'll be sure to try this recipe soon when I get the grill out. Spring is on the way!

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    1. Hello Walt,
      I am happy you may try this, it is my favourite way to eat them. Your salad sounds good. We can't wait for the spring!
      Ivan

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  9. Thank you Ivan, I love honey, I'm going to share in a few days the main dish in Easter here in the south of Spain Torrijas with honey of course....

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    1. Hello Marina,
      Happy you liked this, we are also big fans of honey (the reason we keep bees!), I shall look forwards to your post on Easter food!
      Ivan

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  10. Here's something else I've never tried before, your suggestion sounds good and we'll have to try it sometime.

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    1. Hello Paula,
      Endives are very popular here in France, quite often eaten with ham and cheese and baked. I hope you like them if you decide to make them (they are also good in salad).
      Ivan

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  11. I've never cooked Endive and will definitely give it a try, if I can find some. It's not something my local supermarket or market stocks! Can't wait to get the BBQ out here, although I fear it may be a while yet!

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    1. Hello Marina,
      I hope you enjoy this if you can find them, not an easy task! They are quite popular here. We decided to unwrap the barbecue to pretend it was Spring (it worked!).
      Ivan

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