Belgian endive has a pleasant crunch and bitterness when served raw, but we also like its gentler, sweeter side. A braise in chicken stock removes the bitter edge from the leaves and makes them supple and tender, while a generous splash of cream mellows and enriches this dish from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer. Slideshow: More Braising Recipes 

Melissa Hamilton
Christopher Hirsheimer
March 2018

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Credit: Hirsheimer and Hamilton

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active:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Yield:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a large nonreactive sauté pan over medium. Add endives; season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

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  • Reduce heat to low. Add stock and 1 tarragon sprig. Cover and cook until endives are tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer endives to a plate.

  • Return pan to medium-high. Stir in the cream and cook, stirring often, until sauce has reduced to about 1/4 cup and coats the back of a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Spoon the cream sauce onto a warm serving platter and arrange endives on top. Garnish with leaves from remaining tarragon sprig.

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