Grilled Endive Made Easy
Are you thinking about preparing a beloved, yet bitter, Mediterranean leaf? Grilled endive can be amazing and is so easy! Almost too easy… You may know it by another name, escarole. Or “curly endive.” The leaves, when cooked, make the name quite fitting. So what does grilled endive have to offer us, you ask? Let’s find out!
A Little About Grilled Endive
Remember how I mentioned it being bitter? Well, it is. It’s quite bitter (but still very edible) when raw. When you cook it, though, it can become a delectable dish. The taste becomes more pleasant, savory and a bit sweeter if you will. So if slightly bitter veggies aren’t your thing and you’re changing your mind, don’t! We’re about to discuss how to prepare grilled endive, so stick around and give it a try!
What You Need:
- nonstick spray/grill coating
- endive (Belgian)
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
Other than your grill and utensils, you only really need some endive and whatever seasoning (if any at all!). Simple as that! But seasoning makes it a lot more interesting. Endive goes well with balsamic vinegar because of its natural bitterness, or tanginess. I love vinegar with a lot of cooked veggies! Apple cider, in particular. I hear that one requires an acquired taste, though, so beware! Balsamic vinegar won’t be so… in your face. I think my taste buds crave the instant puckering effect of apple cider vinegar!
Grilled Endive Preparation:
- Heat grill (or grill pan). Grilling over high heat will give you supreme results.
- Cut off the thick, sturdy bottom of the endive. Don’t separate the leaves.
- Cut the endives in half, hotdog style.
- Sprinkle your seasonings on the endive at this time.
- Lightly coat the sides of the endive with oil and your sweeter seasonings.
- If the grill is ready, coat the grill grates.
- Grill the endive with the “insides” facing the heat source.
- When the edges start curling and brown a bit, pull them off the grill. If the grill is hot enough, this should only take a few minutes.
- Dress the endive with balsamic vinegar (and more seasoning, if you wish) and allow them to cool for a moment.
If this is your main dish, enjoy! If you want to know what kind of meat would go with this, take a guess! Pork! Pork seems to almost always go well with tangy vegetables. Toss some pork loin on the grill and enjoy the grilled endive and pork side-by-side!