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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