Whether you’re a football fan or not, the “March Madness” is coming and chances are, you’ll be watching football with friends. And by “watching” we generally mean stuffing ourselves with food and drink and caring just enough about the game to see if we won the lab pool. Regardless, if we’re invited somewhere, we’d better not show up empty-handed. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Traditionally, the word “March Madness” has not been synonymous with the word “endive.” In large part because an endive doesn’t effectively clog arteries. Moreover, most of us have no idea what to do with an endive.
As it turns out, Belgian endives are nutritious, delicious and easy to work with. They’re like nature’s edible spoon. The other bonus is that if you serve them at your house or take them to a party, the odds that someone else will bring the same dish are almost zero. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee those odds with chips and salsa.
The ingredients below are enough to prepare 24 bite-sized pieces. However, like Lay’s potato chips, “nobody can eat just one” – so plan accordingly.
A California endive. Look for them in the produce section of your local store.
¼ cup gorgonzola cheese (1 oz.)
3 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese
3 medium dried figs (stems trimmed and cut into 8 pieces each)
¼ pound endive (Belgian; need about 24 small leaves)
Mix gorgonzola and cream cheeses together
Add 1 tsp of cheese mixture to base of each endive leaf
Add 1 piece of fig
Finally, arrange the endive bites on a plate and impress friends…
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