Take, for example, the restaurant's best-selling appetizer, the Beef Rib Samjang -- cherry wood-smoked beef rib served with Korean-style sweet-chili sauce atop crisp, Belgian endive
. The appetizer comes with a side of the pipirrana salad -- a Spanish classic.
Serve it warm with whole-grain pita chips or toasts, and with crisp, scoop-friendly vegetables such as celery and Belgian endive
Salad suggestions are Cannellini Bean and Farro Salad, Belgian Endive
Salad with Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seeds, and Wheat Berry, Fig, and Pistachio Salad.
(Cichorium intybus), along with raddichio and sugarloaf, are different species, grown as chicory crops for their leaves, which are commonly used in salads.
I understood precious little of what my host family said to me that night, but I did catch the name of the tender, slightly bitter, delight that we ate -- Belgian endive
1 medium carrot 1 medium beet 4 heads Belgian endive
3 tbsp mayonnaise Scrub the carrot, then grate it finely, using either a box grater or a Microplane.
The evening starts off with a Belgian endive
and radicchio salad, topped with Black Jack walnuts.
Yield: 80 appetizer servings Nick Apostle, Nick's Catered Creations BELGIAN ENDIVE
WITH SWEET PEPPER SHRIMP RELISH
Here's a Good Deal sampler: Charles Shaw California Sauvignon Blanc, $2.99 (this is TJ's famous Three Buck Chuck); fresh "Trader Giotto's" tortellini stuffed with spinach, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan, $1.99 in the refrigerated aisle; and Ti's red and white Belgian endive
in the produce department, three perfect little endives for $2.69.--JOHN BANCROFT
PEAR, GOATS CHEESE AND PARMA HAM SALAD Ingredients (serves 4) 2 ripe pears, cored and sliced 150g goats cheese, crumbled Mixed leaves including rocket, frisee and Belgian endive
, washed and dried ' red onion, thinly sliced Handful walnut pieces ' bulb fennel, thinly sliced 8 slices Parma ham, torn up For the dressing 90ml extra virgin olive oil 30ml cider vinegar - clove garlic, crushed ' tsp Dijon mustard ' tsp wholegrain mustard 1tsp runny honey Pinch salt Method Place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk.
Like the other members of the chicory family--radicchio, endive, Belgian endive
, and frisee (curly endive)--escarole is on the bitter side.