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RECIPE # 4565 - WALNUT STUFFED ENDIVE, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

RECIPE # 4565 - WALNUT STUFFED ENDIVE, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CREATED Dec 1, 2010

HOLLY HEATH / AT YOUR TABLE PERSONAL CHEF SERVICE

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Cooking spray

2  tablespoons honey

1/4  cup balsamic vinegar

1/4  cup orange juice

2 each endive -- heads

1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese -- (1 1/2 ounces)

16 small mandarin oranges in light syrup

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine walnuts and maple syrup; spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for about 22 minutes, until browned and dry.

Combine 2 tablespoon honey, vinegar, and orange juice in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, and cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 5 minutes).

Fill each endive leaf with 2 mandarin orange sections. Top each section with 1 teaspoon cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts; arrange on a plate. Drizzle the reduced vinegar mixture evenly over leaves, and sprinkle evenly with chives and pepper.  Add cranberries for color, if desired.

Serving size: 8