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French Fridays with Dorie: Caramelized endives and apples with raisins and walnuts

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie (Endives, apples and grapes, p 338) was the type of simple dish that makes you wonder “Why didn’t I think of that?” Caramelised endives and apples with grapes sounds a little odd but it really works – the sweet of the apples against the bitter endives is a great combination. I didn’t have grapes on hand when I felt like making this so I figured I might try raisins (I soaked them in boiling water for about 10 minutes to soften them up) and I added a few walnuts for some extra texture. I also used thyme as opposed to the rosemary Dorie calls for and it worked well, thyme is more subtle than rosemary and it was great for this dish’s delicate flavours.

I actually made this twice, both times a small pan just for myself as Neil either wasn’t around of hungrier than this meal would account for. The first time I used larger slices of apple as Dorie recommends but some of them burned before they even got a little soft all over (even though I had the pan on very low) and he endives were overcooked and a little mushy.  The second time around, I used smaller apple pieces and it worked much better – everything was ready at the same time.  I liked the crunch that the walnuts brought so when I plated this, I added some fresh apple slices too. What a delightful fall plate!

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52 Responses to French Fridays with Dorie: Caramelized endives and apples with raisins and walnuts

  1. Mia September 28, 2012 at 07:26 #

    I haven’t really tried endive, but I think I just might now :) It looks amazing!

  2. Liz September 28, 2012 at 07:58 #

    Beautifully done, Mardi!!! Have a lovely weekend, my friend~

  3. Cher September 28, 2012 at 08:09 #

    Hey – raisins ARE dried grapes, so I would say you were fully compliant :-)
    Looks beautiful!

  4. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb September 28, 2012 at 08:09 #

    I think so you did a awesome job here. I would have the same troubel with the burning, they r quite fragile. My mum would make this dish from our own home grown grapes. At that time we had no dark grapes but only the green/yellow ones. I am curious now what it must taste like with the darker grapes. thanks for sharing and I wish u a wonderful weekend!

  5. Patty September 28, 2012 at 08:51 #

    I like the raisins and walnuts -looks delicious with the apple slices and endives;-)

  6. Paula September 28, 2012 at 09:20 #

    Good to know to slice the apples a little thinner. Thanks! Love the plate you served this on.

  7. Helene September 28, 2012 at 09:39 #

    I don’t buy endives but I’m tempted, looks yum!

  8. Rose September 28, 2012 at 09:40 #

    Great idea to add walnuts. I have a favorite endive salad recipe which has blue cheese and walnuts in it and I was wondering how this dish would hold up with those additions. Nice to know that walnuts work. Hmm, blue cheese…

  9. Diane Balch September 28, 2012 at 09:54 #

    I like the addition of walnuts it makes it a complete lunch. Thyme is a great substitute for rosemary especially if you don’t like rosemary’s strong flavor.

  10. Kayte September 28, 2012 at 10:20 #

    Your combination looks lovely as well…we, too, really enjoyed this recipe and I can imagine using it several times over the fall and winter…your combination looks worthy of a go for sure.

  11. Lola September 28, 2012 at 12:14 #

    Beautiful job Mardi! Its good to know the recipe is so versatile.

  12. K A B L O O E Y September 28, 2012 at 13:22 #

    Those endives look delicious. I guess I will have to concede that summer is over if you keep posting yummy-sounding fall dishes.

  13. Stephanie September 28, 2012 at 13:38 #

    That looks so good!!! I never think of these kind of simple dishes

  14. Ann Mah September 28, 2012 at 14:35 #

    Ooh, I love braised endive and the apples and raisins sound like a delightful counterpoint. Your pictures are gorgeous, Mardi! Those food photography workshops are paying off (not that your photos weren’t stunning before :)

  15. Colette @ JFF! September 28, 2012 at 18:57 #

    Caramelized endives….so nice for Autumn.

  16. Carie September 28, 2012 at 20:16 #

    Very Pretty!. I think this was a nice, easy, and tasty dish.

  17. Marina@Picnic at Marina September 28, 2012 at 20:20 #

    I would love this meal, such an interesting flavor combination! :)

  18. Nana September 28, 2012 at 20:32 #

    Great addition using raisins. This was a tasty recipe that everyone seemed to enjoy.

  19. Trevor September 28, 2012 at 21:35 #

    Look at you Miss Smartipants using raisins and walnuts! Of course that would be fantastic! I will steal that idea next time. (OH, and I see you used the pan approach too!)

  20. Betsy September 28, 2012 at 22:31 #

    Looks great, Mardi! I love that you added walnuts. I can imagine how well that worked. You must try this with the grapes some time. Though I’m sure the raisins were similar, the grapes were my favorite part of this. Very unusual.

  21. Maria September 29, 2012 at 12:41 #

    WoW Mardi, this is beautiful. I didn’t like endive very much but the rest was wonderful!! Have a great weekend!

  22. penny aka jeroxie September 30, 2012 at 05:40 #

    simple, delicious and healthy. Great photos!

  23. The Food Hound September 30, 2012 at 22:01 #

    I just caramelized endive for a salad last week, and it was SO delish! Too bad the pictures of the salad came out horribly, so I’ll have to wait till next time I make it to blog about it :) I have Dorie’s book, so I should totally make this! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to make anything with endive, considering my love of all things Belgian.

  24. marilyn October 2, 2012 at 22:07 #

    the walnuts and raisins made this dish even more fall’ish! I like the idea of thyme too.

  25. sanya October 3, 2012 at 06:50 #

    The raisins and walnuts look great! Great idea!

  26. Teresa October 3, 2012 at 18:34 #

    Lovely! I like your substitutions, too.

  27. Alice October 4, 2012 at 11:15 #

    I love your use of thyme and cutting the apples smaller and thinner! I wish I had thought to do that! great job!

  28. Sue March 2, 2013 at 10:54 #

    Where is the recipe?

    • Mardi Michels March 2, 2013 at 11:05 #

      The link to the recipe online is in the post towards the bottom near the FFWD badge.

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