pix-2008-endive-stuffed

Ingredients:
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons honey, divided
Cooking spray
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons orange juice
16 Belgian endive leaves (about two heads)
16 small orange sections (about two navel oranges)
1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese
1 tablespoon minced chopped chives
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine chopped walnuts and 1 tablespoon honey, and spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stir after 5 minutes.
4. Combine 1 tablespoon honey, balsamic vinegar, and orange juice in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over high heat; cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 5 minutes).
5. Fill each endive leaf with 1 orange section.  Top each section with 1 teaspoon cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts, arrange on plate.  Drizzle vinegar mixture evenly over leaves; sprinkle evenly with chives and pepper.

I used romaine lettuce with this recipe, but the endive is much better.  Endive’s bitterness is such a nice contrast to the sweetness of the orange and the honey roasted nuts.  But, romaine is fine when you cannot find endive.  You can serve this as an appetizer or a salad.  I got this recipe from “The Best of Cooking Light” cookbook that Kristin and Lance gave me for my birthday this year.  It has lots of really good recipes and I am sure several will end up in our collection for 2008.