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Endive Spears with Blue Cheese, Pears, and Walnuts
Endive Spears
with Blue Cheese, Pears, and Walnuts

Endive Spears with Blue Cheese, Pears, and Walnuts


Makes 12 servings
  • 6 endives (preferably red and white)
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled and minced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Rinse the endives and pat dry. Remove any discolored outer leaves. Cut the tough ends off of each endive and separate them into leaves (a.k.a. little boats). Prep the blue cheese, pears, and walnuts and put into little bowls. Drizzle the lemon juice over the pears, tossing to combine. This will prevent them from turning brown.

Whisk together the shallot, honey, and vinegar in a small bowl. Add the olive oil in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly. (Alternately, combine all vinaigrette ingredients in a jar and shake to combine!) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Arrange the endive spears on a circular platter, pointed tips facing out, alternating between yellow and red. Sprinkle a bit of blue cheese, pears, and walnuts in each endive boat and drizzle with about a teaspoon of vinaigrette per endive. Serve immediately.

MAKE AHEAD: Prep all of your ingredients the day before and just assemble the day of.

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