Winter Fresh Endive Boats

Whenever I'm in need of a light bite to add to my appetizer table, I immediately think of endive. Their scoop-like leaves make a perfect boat to float a variety of fillings plus super easy to pick up and eat.  

A couple of weeks ago just such a heavy appetizer menu gave way for the endive to make an appearance and bring some freshness to the party.  Since I wasn't originally thinking of serving endive boats, I wasn't sure what the filling would be this time.  A quick glance around the kitchen revealed a few fresh, clean items raising their hands saying "Pick Me! Pick Me!" 

The "Pick Me" ingredients ready to do their part

The "Pick Me" ingredients ready to do their part

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pink Grapefruit (originally slated for the citrus martini)
  • 1/2 large Avocado (just because JC wanted some in the house after our Chile trip)
  • 1/3 c shaved Fennel (because I was serving it in another dish)
  • 1 Scallion (because I always have some in the house)
  • 1/3 c Pomegranate seeds (Left over from another event)
  • 2 Endive, leaves separated (I cut the end to get a clean edge)
  • 1-2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 1 tsp grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt

Instructions:

I segmented the grapefruit.  Cut the avocado into small chunks. Shaved the fennel, chopped the scallions, minced the onion, added the pomegranate seeds, then added a touch of grapefruit juice, a squeeze of lemon juice, 2 pinches of salt and an ever so slight drizzle of olive oil.  Lightly tossed and filled the endive leaves.  As an added touch, I chopped and sprinkled the fennel frounds on top.
And there you have it, a fresh medley of flavors to float this boat.  

P.S. for a tad more plate decor, when I was segmenting the grapefruit I sliced the ends off leaving a bit of pulp to use as a center plate adornment.  I also saved the middle of the endive, whose leaves are too small to fill but make for a nice little torch-like finishing touch.

How it appeared on the party table 

How it appeared on the party table 

I have several other ways to fill endive leaves.  Look for the future post entitled "Endless Endive".

 

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