Endive with Herbed Cream Cheese and Caramelized Apples

by Erica Dinho on November 11, 2009

Endive with ApplesWhenever I have a dinner party at my house, I always have the same dilemma…what shall I make for appetizers? I get more stressed out about the appetizers than the main course, so that is the reason I have been making a lot of different appetizers lately, which explains all of my bean dips :).

This endive recipe was really great, not to mention how easy and simple it was to make. The endive looks so pretty and they are deliciously tasty with the beautiful combination of soft herbed cream cheese and caramelized apple filling. This is a great appetizer for your next holiday party. Try it!

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Ingredients

(About 24 pieces)

  • 4 heads Belgian endive, trimmed, separated into spears
  • 4 apples, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Herbed Cream Cheese

  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Directions

  1. Herbed Cream Cheese
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  3. Place a medium sauce pan over medium heat and add the butter, apples and cinnamon. Stir and cook for about 7 minutes.
  4. Use a teaspoon to fill the end of each endive leaf with herbed cream cheese and add about 1 tablespoon of apples. Arrange on a platter and serve.
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1 Sarah Naveen November 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM

I am definitely gonna try making this for my next party..
Looks gorgeous….Lip smacking!!!!!

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2 Kim November 11, 2009 at 10:03 AM

The endive looks so pretty. Your guests are very lucky, these looks delicious :D

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3 Barbara November 11, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Appetizers can be a real problem all right- you want something different, tasty and not too filling. These little bites on endive hit the spot.

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4 Erica November 11, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Thank you guys!

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5 Muneeba November 11, 2009 at 11:41 AM

I think stuffed endives make beautiful appetizers! Unfortunately all my family and friends are such carnivores, that I’d be the only one digging into these nummy goodies … genius idea abt combining the cream cheese and apples like that.

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6 Maria November 11, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Help please. Im not sure what is endive some type of cheese? Thank you.

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7 Erica November 11, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Hi Maria,
Endive is a type of lettuce.

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8 Danielle November 11, 2009 at 1:24 PM

this really does sound delish….and the presentation is great

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9 monicajane November 11, 2009 at 2:32 PM

your food is all lovely…
I rarely like sweet things in otherwise savory foods with the exception of apples and raisins…

this is a must try.

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10 KennyT November 11, 2009 at 3:45 PM

I’d like to try Belgian Endives, every time I passed by them I got curious, but never had the courage to bring them home. Now I know what I’d do next time when I am in my favourite grocery.

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11 Erica November 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Thank you everyone for the comments!

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12 Caroline November 11, 2009 at 4:36 PM

That appetizer is right up my alley! The flavors together must be just divine.

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13 Maria November 12, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Thank you. so much for youre help God bless you! Sincerely maria, una paisita mas.

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14 theUngourmet November 12, 2009 at 1:14 AM

What an incredible combination of flavors! Very nice!

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15 Empar November 12, 2009 at 3:17 AM

Erica… Eso debe estar de muerte!
Siempre he cocinado las endivias con salsa de nata y roquefort, pero así como las has preparado y con la manzana caramelizada. Ayyy… Ya me estoy chupando los dedos.
Un beso.

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16 Erica November 12, 2009 at 7:46 AM

Thank you all!

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17 Chef E November 12, 2009 at 11:53 AM

What a beautiful presentation! I love this combination…

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18 Velva November 12, 2009 at 12:20 PM

Appetizers are almost the most important aspect of the meal. This is what sets the mood of meal and prepares your guests for the meal. We are always stressed about appetizers too.

A couple more weeks and I will be combing your site for a good entree. Our cooking club is 12/5!

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19 Hélène November 12, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I love making appetizers. This looks like a total winner at a party.

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20 Palidor November 12, 2009 at 1:37 PM

I’ve never tried endive. That looks fantastic! I especially like the herbed cream cheese.

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21 Oysterculture November 12, 2009 at 3:51 PM

I love this – this looks so good and tasty. Great ideas for the upcoming holidays.

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22 Olga November 12, 2009 at 5:06 PM

I like the combo of sweet and savory, and no need for utensils!

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23 Erica November 19, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)

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