Braised Endive

Braised Endive

6 heads endive
olive oil
Chicken stock
Salt and pepper

Trim 6 endives and slice them in half lengthwise. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper.

In a heavy-bottomed skillet, heat some olive oil and brown the cut side of the endives over a high flame. Do this in batches, adding oil each time. The pan will brown, which is fine - just don't allow it to blacken; if it does, wash it out before the next batch.

Place the endives, brown side up, in a gratin dish just large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour chicken stock into the dish to a depth of 1/2 inch. Cover tightly and bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 20 minutes or until quite tender. Serves 6.

Chef's Notes:

For a richer, more savory version, the halved endives can be wrapped in thinly sliced pancetta or bacon before browning. This requires a slower flame and browning on both sides. The oil will still be needed to keep the meat from sticking. This makes a fine first course all by itself, or it can be a delightful accompaniment to roasted or grilled meats and birds.

Contributed by: Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
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