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Endive Gratin

Endive Gratin

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On Valentine’s Day, we received a surprise bouquet of endive from Discover Endive.  It was a welcome surprise as we have never received such a delicious bouquet.  Since we had this gorgeous bouquet, I decided to go beyond my go-to endive recipes, and make this comforting endive gratin.

Normally when we eat endive it is in the form of a salad.  We are not picky, we love both green and red, equally as much.  I love their bright and crisp taste, especially when mixed with blue cheese and balsamic.  Or with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh lemon juice.  Another favorite is slices of endive, with pecans, smokey pieces of pancetta, spring red onions and a blood orange dressing.  

The photo does not do this recipe justice.  I used a mixture of green and red endives.  It was crisp but creamy with the bechamel and Gruyere cheese.  The pancetta added the right amount of salt.  It was really great served alongside roasted tri-tip.  I have a feeling this will be a regular side dish with roasted meats.


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Yield: 4 srvings

Endive Gratin

Endive Gratin

A creamy bechamel is seasoned with savory ham and cheese to make the base for this endive gratin. Great served alongside roasted ham or chicken.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 4 endive, washed, dried and cut into circles
  • 6 slices pancetta, diced
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Gruyere, grated


    Heat oven to 325.

    Butter individual baking dishes or one large one.

    In a large saucepan heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat.

    Add the pancetta, stir, and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

    Add the shallot, stir and cook for 2 minutes.

    Add the garlic, stir and cook for one minute.

    Remove the ingredients and set aside in a bowl.

    To the same saucepan (do not clean) add the flour.

    Keep the heat at a low temperature and whisk.

    The flour will start to come together to form a paste.

    Add a little of the milk at a time and keep whisking until smooth.

    Add rest of the milk, whisk the entire time and keep the heat low.

    Cook until thick, about 3 minutes.

    Remove from the heat. In a mixing bowl add the endive slices, and pancetta mixture, stir to combine.

    Put the mixture into a buttered baking dish.

    Pour the bechamel (milk and flour mixture) over the top of the grating.

    Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

    Bake for 20 - 30 minutes, until golden and bubbly.



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Lucy Vaserfirer

Thursday 1st of March 2012

What a fantastic use for endive!


Wednesday 29th of February 2012

Love this endive gratin! I can almost taste how delicious it must have been :)

Denise Woodward

Monday 5th of March 2012

We are big endive eaters just not sure why we never ventured into cooking them. Loving this new found option! Glad I can find endive all season long!

Casey from Discover Endive

Wednesday 29th of February 2012

Hi Denise,

You have so many of my favorite ingredients at work here: endive, pancetta, garlic, cheese...actually, ALL of them! How could you go wrong with this delicious gratin. I actually can envision eating it straight from the serving dish. Thanks so much for the inspiration. We'll be adding it to our home menu as well!

Best, Casey on behalf of Discover Endive

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