California Endive au Gratin

Recipe: allrecipes.com

Au Gratinis a widely used culinary technique in food preparation  in which an ingredient is topped with a browned crust, often using breadcrumbs, grated cheese,   egg and/or butter.

Au Gratin originated in French cuisine and is usually prepared in a shallow dish of some kind. Au Gratin is baked or cooked under an overhead grill or broiler to form a golden crust on top and is traditionally served in its baking dish. Endive au gratin are cooked and combined with a Gruyere cheese sauce and baked.
Broil to brown these endive au gratin.

Prep Time: 25 MinCook Time: 30 MinReady In: 55 Min
Original Recipe Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

8 heads Belgian endive, trimmed
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup grated Gruyere cheese, divided
2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or amount to taste
salt and ground black pepper to taste
8 slices deli-style ham
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Lightly grease a baking dish.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Place the endives into the water. Cover, and cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.

Place the butter into a saucepan, and melt over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and golden brown. Gradually whisk the milk into the flour mixture, whisking constantly until thick and smooth. Stir in 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until well blended. Cook gently over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Preheat an oven broiler to low.

Drain the endives. Wrap each endive with a slice of ham, and place into the prepared baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the endives. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Gruyere cheese and parsley.

Cook the endives under preheated broiler until cheese is golden brown and sauce bubbles, about 10 minutes.
California Endive
15 Poppy House Road
Rio Vista, California 94571
Phone 707-374-2111
Fax 707-374-2063
Email info@endive.com

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