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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Endives, Apples & Grapes: French Fridays with Dorie


endives, apples and grapes
Endives, Apples, and Grapes

Every year since my kids were fairly small we have gone apple picking with my girlfriend and her family. We met at Gymboree when her twins and my son were about a year old. My girlfriend moved to Manhattan but we always made an effort to get together for apple picking in the Fall. One of the few attractions in my town is an apple orchard. People come from all over Westchester County and New York City to pick apples and pumpkins here.


girl in apple tree


boy under apple tree

My friend works for the restauranteur Danny Meyer. Because she is exposed to such good food all the time, I thought she and her family would be perfect guinea pigs for a Dorie recipe.

Because we were going to be picking apples most of the day I made the Cook's Illustrated 40 Clove Garlic Chicken in a crockpot.

When we came back from the orchard I peeled two of the apples we picked and thickly sliced them instead of quartering them. I wanted them to be cooked through.

It was pretty simple to sauté the apples, endives, and grapes. I split the grapes in two, because just like the apples, I wanted them to cook well. I'm really not a big fruit with savory dishes kinda person, so in order to be able to eat fruit with vegetables I need to have them cooked well.

 I did sauté everything in Pulgra salted butter and I  chopped up the rosemary, instead of just adding the sprigs, because I wanted to be able to eat the rosemary. I top off the dish with Fleur de Sel.

Well, myself and my guests were truly surprised at how delicious this side dish was...the endive and rosemary offset the sweetness of the grapes and apples and the butter and salt helped to blend all of the flavors together. The combination of ingredients definitely seemed a bit odd to me... but I guess I was not thinking French.

This recipe looks a lot like Dorie's 

                      

                        Endive, Apples, and Grapes



Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 

 






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23 comments:

  1. That is a very interesting mix of flavors. Glad you guys liked it!

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    1. It is strange to put it bluntly... but that is why I joined a French cooking group to make the strange...familiar.
      The butter really brought it all together.

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  2. I was pleasantly surprised by this dish & the combination as well. Although, I probably should not have doubted the tastiness of anything that is cooked in butter for 40 minutes.

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  3. We loved the flavors in this recipe, next time I'm going to try thick slices of the apple;-)

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  4. I think that you summed it up nicely. It was a very odd combination, for me the grapes were the oddest addition. But it worked, it really really worked. Who (aside from Dorie) woulda thunk it?

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  5. What fun to pick your own apples with a friend! We loved this dish but I used squash instead of endive. Glad you liked it too. With all that butter how could it not be good?

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  6. I look forward to the squash version. Did you see the person's post who roasted it? It came out great.

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  7. Lovely photo of it all, and the apple orchard photos brought back lots of memories for me doing that with my boys when they were younger. It is amazing to me that we put these ingredients together and came up with something unique, interesting, and delicious with very little time, effort, or expense. I can so see doing this numerous times over the fall and winter with numerous variations. Love the friendliness of the calorie count on this as well.

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    1. I agree that this recipe will go with a lot of cold weather dishes. I don't know about the calories... there is a bit of butter?

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  8. This dish was delicious:) I am glad you enjoyed it. Great photos of your adventure in the apple orchard. Have a nice weekend:)

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  9. I wish I had thought to cut the apples and grapes smaller, I think I would have liked them better. Thanks for the link to the chicken and garlic recipe. I'm always looking for things that can be done in a slow cooker.

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    1. You are welcome, the chicken is great...who doesn't like garlic. Even the kids gobbled it up.

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  10. A perfect side to many dishes. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  11. Its well known I am a big fan of rosemary so I'm all for finding ways to add more! This was so fantastic I'll certainly make it again...with more rosemary of course!

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  12. The grapes fantastic. I don't like endives very much but the idea of sweet and bitter veggies sautéed and caramelised with butter is positively enticing!!!

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  13. This was definitely odd, though surprisingly good. I'm with you on the fruit in savory doubting. My grapes caramelized perfectly whole, but I had big trouble with the apples. I should have done thick slices as you did. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  14. Diane, This was an odd combination but, surprisingly delicious! I think the apples and grapes offset the bitter flavor of the endive! Love your apple picking tradition! Sounds like a wonderful day to share with friends!

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  15. Glad you and your friends enjoyed...I think the Pulgra helped. I'm certain the same dish cooked in olive oil would have been a flop :)

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    1. Healthier but I agree not right for blending the ingredients.

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  16. Love that you live near and orchard! Sounds idyllic!
    You dish looks great!

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  17. what a treat for your friends?! what will you do with the rest of the apples you picked? :)

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    1. My husband and daughter already made applesauce and apple butter. That night we had an apple crisp.

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