Often a scoop for appetizers, Belgian endives also make an outstanding side dish. Slow braising in an aromatic broth tames their sharp flavor and makes them meltingly tender. Serve with roast chicken and acorn squash.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh coarse whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tip)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
4 teaspoons butter, divided
6 medium heads Belgian endive, halved
1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 sprig fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and parsley and cook, stirring, until the breadcrumbs are brown and crispy, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; wipe out the pan.
Return the pan to medium heat and melt 2 teaspoons butter. Add 6 endive halves, cut-side down, and cook until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Repeat with the remaining 2 teaspoons butter and endive.
Add the first batch of endive back to the pan. Pour in broth and add garlic, thyme, sugar and salt. Cook, turning the endive every 10 minutes or so, until the liquid has evaporated completely and the endive is glazed, about 30 minutes total. Transfer the endive to a platter. (Discard garlic and thyme.) Serve sprinkled with the reserved breadcrumbs.
Tip: To make coarse dry breadcrumbs, spread crumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian's brand, labeled Panko breadcrumbs. Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.
87 calories;5 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 44 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 162 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 35 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 231 mg sodium; 279 mg potassium