It was love at first sight! And bite!
This huge bouquet of endives with stems and roots attached greeted me at the door when I returned home from a weekend in Sarasota. I think there were about 14 heads in total in the package.
The delivery was from @discoverendive and was a promotion to introduce California endive to food bloggers. You’ll be able to see recipes on various blogs and photos are being posted to flickr through the end of February.
Being away for the weekend, I didn’t have much time to think about recipes but I couldn’t wait to try them — so i just dove in and made do with what was at hand.
An endive Asian chicken salad was lunch for 2 today.
Whole wheat pappardelle and raw endive tossed with sauteed endive, garlic, crumbled bacon in olive oil and a pat of butter mixed with an egg yolk and parmigiano reggiano and coarse black pepper.
The endive was so fresh and tasty — and I loved the visual of the red/white combination. Happily, there’s about 8 or 9 more heads to experiment with.
♡ Happy Valentine’s Day!