Usually, when I mistakenly buy something at the grocery store, I will know what to do with it.
Too many mushrooms? No problem! A strange-looking squash? DONE! An extra package of bacon? Is this really a problem?
A first for me happened the other day though. I mentioned yesterday that I accidentally bought one bunch of escarole for my dish, and one bunch of curly endive. I know my third grade teacher could tell me that I definitely read the tags too quickly, didn’t fully process what they said, and acted impulsively by putting the incorrect greens in my cart.
But alas, I’m now stuck with a HUGE bunch of curly endive.
It’s certainly beautiful; a vibrant green that’s unseasonable for right now when deeper greens and reds are in around. The leaves are quite textured, which makes me think they’d be good in salads for texture. But alas, I don’t like curly endive raw. It’s quite bitter for my taste, and I’m starting to think I need to cook it.
But here’s my problem. With the exception of creamed spinach and yesterday’s Utica greens, I’m inexperienced in the cooking of greens. I don’t know what to do, how to do it, or how to season them!
So here’s where you come in. I need an endive recipe, and I need you to give me one! I need to take this beautiful bunch of greens…
…and make it into something edible and preferably delicious. Ok, never mind. It has to be both edible AND delicious. It can be a recipe you’ve tried and liked from somewhere else, or one you’ve made up on your own, as long as it’ll be tasty.
Where’s the contest part? Well, I’ll be choosing one of the recipes to make before the endive in my fridge wilts, and I’ll choose said recipe with the help of Adam (since he’ll eat it too). The winning recipe will be cooked and photographed and posted, and the poster of that recipe will receive a brand new, bright and shiny (well, dark and not so shiny) 15″ Lodge Cast Iron Skillet!
I’ll have it shipped directly to your door. U.S. & Canada entries only please. The Lodge company is not paying me in any way to do this giveaway; I simply LOVE our cast iron skillet and want to share the love, so I’m buying the skillet with my own money and sending it your way. Think of it as a little thank you for sticking with me through the past almost three years of this little blog.
So, get those recipes coming!