Stuffed Endive Spears | Ladies Night Treat

As promised in my {Ladies Night} post, here is the recipe for the stuffed endive spears I served up that night. These treats are packed full of pecans, dried cranberries, apples, blue cheese crumbles and drizzled with a balsamic, honey, and orange juice reduction. These are great to grab and munch and it won’t even disturb all the girl talk going on.EndivesIngredients:

  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 16 endive leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 2/3 cup chopped apples, very small cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Blue cheese crumbles

Equipment:

  • 2 small mixing bowls
  • Cooking spray
  • Baking sheet
  • Small saucepan
  • Serving platter

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350º and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine pecans and one tablespoon of honey and then spread out on baking sheet. Bake for about 6 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • In a small saucepan, combine 1 tablespoon of honey, balsamic vinegar, and orange juice. Bring to a boil over high heat until the mixture has reduced to 3 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine roasted pecans, apple cubes, dried cranberries, and blue cheese crumbles.
  • Assemble endive spears on a serving platter. Fill each spear with about a tablespoon of the pecan mixture. Lastly, drizzle balsamic reduction over the top of the assembled spears.
  • Enjoy!

{A Hint of Ginger | Vegetarian versus Meat Lovers Version}: These are great appetizers for little get togethers and even better they are vegetarian friendly; Devon loved these! But for meat lovers, chicken chunks or bacon crumbles could be added, if you so desire. Lots of options with these.

Recipe adapted from {Attica}.