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Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce

Recipe: Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce

Summary: Sweet pears and slightly bitter endive bathe in a light blue cheese cream sauce in this elegant, rich side dish.


  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 ounces (85 g) creamy blue cheese, such as Point Reyes Original Blue
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 endives, halved from stem to tip
  • 2 large pears, peeled, cored, halved and cut into thin slices or wedges


  1. Heat the oven to 425F (220C/gas 7). Butter a baking dish (about 10- by 10-inch; any medium baking dish should work).
  2. Make the sauce: Pour cream into a saucepan and turn heat to medium. With your fingers, break apart the blue cheese into the cream. Heat, stirring, just until hot (it’s OK if the chunks of blue don’t entirely smooth out). Take the pan off the heat, stir in 1 tablespoon of the chopped chives, and season with pepper. Set aside.
  3. In the baking dish, arrange the endive, cut-side-up, alternative stem end and tip. Arrange the pears between each endive half. If you have more endive than can fit in one layer, top with the remaining endive halves, cut-side down. Pour on the cream sauce. The endive should not be submerged.Baked Endive and Pears in Blue Cream Sauce | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com [1]
  4. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, and then remove foil. Continue baking until the cream sauce has reduced slightly and the tops of the endive are browned, another 20-25 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let the dish cool for at least 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of chopped chives over top, and then spoon up and enjoy while still warm. This is also very good cold the next day.
  7. Serves 4-6.


Recipe from “Cowgirl Creamery Cooks,” by Sue Conley and Peggy Smith (2013; Chronicle Books; $35).

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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 4-6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

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Disclosure: California Endive Farms [59] sent the endive for recipe testing.