My F&W
quick save (...)

Baked Endives with Bacon and Mascarpone

  • ACTIVE: 35 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4 TO 6
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Chef Eric Czerwinski tops his endives with a rich and creamy bacon sauce that nicely offsets the vegetable's bitterness. Use baby endives no more than 4 inches long.

Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips

  1. 1/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1/2-inch matchsticks
  2. 1 cup mascarpone (8 ounces)
  3. 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  4. 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. 12 baby Belgian endives (1 3/4 pounds), halved lengthwise
  7. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 500°. Lightly oil a large glass or ceramic baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp; drain on paper towels. In a small bowl, mix the bacon, mascarpone, parsley and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Using a small melon baller or spoon, scoop a little of the core from each endive half, leaving a shallow bowl. Rub the endives lightly with the olive oil. Spread 2 teaspoons of the mascarpone mixture on the cut side of each endive half, smearing it between the leaves. Arrange the filled endives in the baking dish and sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the filling is bubbling and the endives are just tender.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Broil the endives for about 1 minute, or until the bread crumbs are toasted. Serve hot.
Make Ahead The endives can be baked ahead and broiled just before serving.

Suggested Pairing

A medium-bodied white with a hint of bitterness in the finish will complement the cream and bacon here and find echoes in the slightly bitter endives. Try a round Oregon or Alsace Pinot Gris.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Ratings

Average Rating

(0)

Comments

Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    advertisement
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.
    advertisement

    Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.