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Pear Endive Spears

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I’m excited to share my Pear Endive Spears recipe with you! Isn’t this appetizer beautiful? When the leaves are arranged in a circle, it looks like a flower!

This simple appetizer recipe starts with Belgian endive in 2 colors, white and purple. The purple spears add so much color and liveliness to this dish. Endive is easy to work with, just peel the leaves off the core, wash them well and you have a vegetable chip waiting to be filled with goodness.

To make Pear Endive Spears, just put a small scoop of the cheese mixture on the end of each spear, then sprinkle with walnuts, pears and drizzle a simple vinaigrette over the platter. This is a distinctly fall flavor profile but we are still in March a few more days and I just bought the most gorgeous pears at the store today so it’s not too late!

You can of course, modify this recipe for a more spring vibe by using chopped pistachios in place of the walnuts, and blueberries, in place of the pears, for another outstanding flavor combination.

Endive is actually really good for you, it’s loaded with potassium, vitamin K, A, and folate, a great excuse to buy some on your next market visit!

The next time you’re asked to bring an appetizer to a party or gathering, give my Pear Endive Spears a try!

Pear Endive Spears

2 heads endive

2 ounces of blue cheese

2 ounces of cream cheese

1 pear cut into chunks

1/3 cup walnuts toasted and finely chopped

2 tablespoons French vinaigrette

Mix blue cheese and cream cheese together well.  Prepare endive by cutting ends off and washing leaves.  Spread a small amount of cheese mixture on the end of each endive spear and arrange them on a serving platter.  Dot each spear with pear chunks and sprinkle with walnuts.  Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve.

French Vinaigrette

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 garlic clove of shallot, minced

1 heaping teaspoon of Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons honey

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, and mix well.

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Lorie Fangio | A Taste of Paris

Meet Lorie Fangio

Lorie Fangio is a teaching chef and the founder of A Taste of Paris culinary excursions. She shares her extensive knowledge of French food & culture through cooking classes, regular TV appearances, local publications, and speaking engagements. She is an award-winning food & lifestyle blogger with a zest for gathering people around a table.

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