French Fridays with Dorie: Endives, Apples & Grapes

Friday, September 28, 2012



Well I am at a loss here.....I don't know what to write about this week's recipe for French Fridays with Dorie, Endives, Apples & Grapes. It's not that I hated it, but I didn't love it either. This is the first time, I think, that I feel so ambivalent about one of Dorie's recipes. 
Undoubtedly, this is a very easy recipe for a gourmet side dish. Sauté the endives, apples and grapes in butter (I used olive oil) and wait until they become tender and caramelise. I liked the sweetness of the grapes and the apples. Their sweet juices and aroma blended heavenly with the earthiness of the rosemary, but the endives were a touch too bitter for my palette. My main dish was calamari sautéed with onion, garlic and basil. Simple but quite tasty.

I have to apologise about the shortness of today's post. I have nothing more to say other than I will keep the apple and grape part of the recipe and try to combine it with another vegetable (courgettes or fennel maybe?). I don't think endives are going to make any more appearances in my kitchen any time soon...



25 comments:

  1. My favorite part was the grapes. It seems to me you either love or dislike endive. I hope you have a nice weekend:)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine! The grapes were wonderful. I am going to make them again...just the grapes hi hi :)

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  2. Sorry you didn't like the endives, they do have a distinct flavor that's not always a favorite! I like your idea of finding a substitute that you enjoy with the delicious grapes and apple slices;-)

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    1. I can admit it now... endives are not for me. The apples and the grapes were really yummy!

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  3. Your side dish sounds excellent. I've never tried cooking calamari. Sorry this recipe wasn't a favorite. Hopefully you'll like next week's better!

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    1. Oh yes Jora! I will like next week's for sure...I'm afraid that I am going to like it very much :)

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  4. I'm glad you're going to experiment with other veggies. Look forward to reading your results!

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    1. Thank you Yummychunklet! I will keep everyone posted :)

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  5. Oh, fennel...now there's a thought! I think I would like that version as well. You have such pretty dishes and linens, very nice photos with it all. The grapes are worth knowing alone, right? I might be slightly addicted to those.

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    1. Thank you Kayte. The grapes are surely addictive. I think I will make them again this weekend no matter what :)

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  6. I'm sorry you didn't love this as I did. I think fennel would be goon too but since this has my beloved rosemary in it I will love it. I would love just about anything with that herb.

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    1. I also love rosemary. I have rosemary planted in my small "windowsill garden" and use fresh every time I need it. I like your Rosemary Crackers I will try them soon and your blog is to fun to read :) :)

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  7. I think trying this recipe with fennel might be quite interesting. Endive does have a bitter flavor and it's true, you either
    love it or hate it. Even though you did not care for it, your dish looks good, especially paired with that calamari.

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  8. Maria, fennel does sound like a terrific alternative to the endives in this dish - I am sure that combination would work very well! Lovely presentation of your apples, endives and grapes even if you were not all that much inspired by the final outcome!

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Fennel! That's it! I've been trying to think of something to replace the endive, which I also found too bitter. Fennel would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!.

    Your calamari looks great, by the way.

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  10. Awwww that is a shame. As you say, it may work better with another veg.

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  11. Ambivalence is fine. There are hundreds of recipes in the book, and they can't all be winners for every palette... That said, fennel sounds like a perfect match for the other flavors. Great idea!

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  12. Hi Maria, I have never tried endives but now I guess I won't reading your post. I imagine something like broccoli would go well with the fruits?

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  13. I think it would be lovely with fennel.
    I think we all have come across a few that didn't just quite work out the way we wanted :-)

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  14. Fennel sounds like such a delicious choice! I really enjoyed this dish….but I would love to give fennel a try! Sorry this wasn’t a hit, but then there is always next time!

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  15. I totally agree with your assessment of this dish!!! On to hummus :)

    PS...thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

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  16. I totally get what you mean! The endive tasted... not that great. I think the rest of the ingredients really made it (as well as the pork I served mine with!) Your calamari sounds great!

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  18. I thought it was too bitter as well, not even much less bitter with apple and grape in the same bite. Great effort though! :)

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