Ricotta and Endive Appetizer

If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer you’ll love this super simple endive recipe. What exactly is endive? “Endive is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole and curly endive. It is often called the queen of vegetables and is prized the world over. It has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness — great served raw or cooked.” And did you know that endive is ALWAYS in season. So you can make this and other endive recipes all year round.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have noticed our tweets about endive lately! I’m happy to say that I’m working with Discover Endive as one of their new “OnDivas” as a brand advocate to highlight California endive and educate consumers about this versatile, nutritious and delicious vegetable.

I’m pretty impressed with these gorgeous heads of endive. Here’s a few fun facts about endive (on-dive) that you might not know.

  • ENDIVE keeps longer than most other lettuces — 10 to 14 days in the refrigerator
  • ENDIVE is the “Slimmer Dipper” — lower in calories and healthier than crackers or chips.
  • There’s no need to wash ENDIVE. Just trim the bottom and you’re ready to go!
  • On a per pound basis, ENDIVE is less expensive than bagged salads and most crackers.

We really loved this  CREAMY BUTTERFLY PASTA WITH ENDIVE and we cant’ wait to share more endive with you.

Tell us how you like to eat endive!

Baci!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Discover Endive and is part of my work as an On Diva. My opinions are my own. Always have been.  Always will be.

Ricotta and Endive Boats

What You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons craisins
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh lemon thyme
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 2 endive heads
  • honey to drizzle - optional

What To Do:

  1. Into a small bowl add: almonds, craisins, oil and thyme. Season with salt/pepper.
  2. Place a dollop of ricotta onto endive leaf. Top with approximately 1 teaspoon of nut mixture.
  3. Drizzle with honey if desired.
http://www.bellalimento.com/2012/02/06/ricotta-and-endive-appetizer/

8 Comments

  1. 1

    Gorgeous post, Paula! This looks so good ;)

  2. 2

    I absolutely LOVE endive! SO pretty Paula!

  3. 3

    Mmm this sounds delightful!

  4. 4

    Simply beautiful Paula!

  5. 5

    Love how you jazzed up the ricotta!

  6. 6

    Love endive and this appetizer looks amazing, Paula! And the styling too.

  7. 7

    Yum yum yum – I never thought of putting endive pieces on a vegetable plate for dippers, but what a great idea! I want that ricotta mixture stat.

  8. 8

    I seriously love simple food like this. Why add too many ingredients when just a couple of simple flavours taste so good together? The photography is really good too, well done!

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