ffwD: Endives, Apples, and Grapes

Just as I was starting to get a bit bored of all the raw fruits and vegetables I was eating on my vegan cleanse, along comes Dorie with the wonderful idea to caramelize endives, apples, and grapes together, none of which were on the cleanse. Granted, I had to use a bit of butter, but a tablespoon and half doesn’t seem like it would undo all of my efforts.

The simplicity of this dish was only overshadowed by its deliciousness. The sweetness of the softened fruit was evened out by the somewhat neutral flavor of the endive’s crunchy interior and the savory cooked rosemary sprigs. However, I do feel Dorie’s total cook time of 40 minutes was a bit long, even for low heat. My grapes were more than brown at the 10 minute mark, and I had to pull them out so they wouldn’t burn. I also chose not to deglaze the pan’s sugary drippings because my fruit and veggies were slicked enough from the cooking. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this dish and could see myself serving it in the future.

This endives, apples, and grapes dish was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

72 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. hotlyspiced
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 06:38:41

    I think you’ve done so well on your health kick. I’m not sure I could last as long as you have. The recipe sounds great. I love apples and grapes together xx

  2. TrafficDiva
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 06:39:48

    This is a perfect way to get kids (and me..haha) to eat veggies!!! Roasted veggies are always a go-to for most any meal! Yummmmmmmmmy!!!! Hv a great wekend!=)

  3. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 06:44:58

    I’ve never had an endive before but have always wanted to try them. This is the perfect way! They look so delicious!

  4. saffronandhoney
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:01:36

    Looks wonderful! And I’m eating endive (though raw and with some cheese haha) while reading this:)

  5. Cher
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:12:32

    This was an enjoyable treat and I like how golden your fruit are.

  6. Mary
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:28:36

    Good for you with the fruits and vbggies! these look great – good tip to take out the grapes quickly – makes sense!
    Mary x

  7. Choc Chip Uru
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:33:10

    Not boring at all my friend πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  8. loavesandstitches
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 07:48:41

    Beautiful! I did the Thanksgiving version and it was good. The endives look great–I may have to try that next time.

  9. oneexpatslife
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:47:25

    I had the opposite problem, after 20 minutes mine were barely browned at all and so I ended up turning the heat up to medium, and then 10 minutes later to medium-high, and then (after I had almost burned the lot) back down to medium. Tasted very good in the end, but I don’t think that low heat would have done a bit of good for my dish.

  10. kitchen flavours
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:47:36

    Yum, a delicious twist of eating “veggie dessert!” πŸ™‚

  11. Carine
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 08:49:11

    How could you possibly resist?

  12. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 09:01:38

    I found it cooked up quickly… I have an electric stove top so I can’t keep a super low heat. Yours has a wonderful glaze. Nicely done.

  13. Parsley Sage
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 09:11:06

    This is very cool! I never would have thought of doing this. Caramelizing grapes sounds fabulous πŸ™‚

  14. Kayte
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 09:31:39

    This was a great recipe, wasn’t it? Seemed like a big punch for just a few calories of butter, and I truly felt I could have gotten by with just a smidgeon less of that actually and not suffered any consequences in taste or appearances. Beautiful photo. Definitely a keeper.

  15. Inger Wilkerson
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 09:33:52

    Whoever first thought of caramelizing was brilliant. Looks delicious!

  16. Three Well Beings
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 09:58:08

    This is really an exciting dish! I would consider it still a very healthy option! I can’t wait to serve it to friends. It is special! D

  17. Food,Photography & France
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:07:58

    Your pictures are looking better and better each post. Is Dorie doing a digital course as well:)

  18. Kristin
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:25:32

    You always manage to make me drool!

  19. Geraldine Saucier
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:33:23

    You did a fantastic job on this dish:) I agree, this dish was delicious. Have a great weekend:)

  20. rondamkisner
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:33:25

    Oh my goodness! I have to try that!

  21. foodfashionandflow (@FoodfashinFlow)
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 10:59:53

    This looks like it would be amazing for Thanksgiving. looks really good

  22. Lola
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 11:25:14

    Looks wonderful. Simple and delicious.

  23. jora
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 11:54:35

    Everything came out beautifully, great caramelization.

  24. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 13:42:50

    Well look at that!! This looks like it could be dessert!!

  25. The Squishy Monster
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 14:24:28

    I love how nicely caramelized everything is =D

  26. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 15:00:06

    I love the idea of caramelizing everything
    it brings out such sweetness of fruits

  27. Cake Whiz
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 16:12:58

    i like apples and i like grapes but i am not sure i would enjoy the flavor of endives in this whole package.
    but, it sure is different and exciting πŸ™‚

  28. Cakelaw
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 16:16:05

    Glad you liked it – and it looks delicious. The only thing that makes me hesitate is how bitter mine was.

  29. Jenn and Seth
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 16:53:46

    oh wow, this is such a unique dish! looks so good!

  30. Norma Chang
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 18:30:47

    A lovely way to enjoy endive.

  31. Amy Andrews
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 19:37:23

    Nicely done w/the carmelization — looks deelish!

  32. nana
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 20:05:59

    Wonderful color to all the ingredients. A very tasty recipe that will be used
    again and again. Great photos.

  33. Trevor Sis Boom
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 20:39:25

    If butter isn’t on the cleanse then its not worth doing. I so loved this! Yours looks so lovely, I’m glad you did it!

  34. rebecca
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 21:17:45

    fun dish πŸ™‚ have a great weekend

  35. betsy
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 21:42:26

    Looks great, so nice and caramelized.

  36. Anita Menon
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 00:02:26

    Yummy!! the colour is so beautiful.

  37. Tandy
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 00:39:58

    This sounds like a great side dish πŸ™‚

  38. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 05:05:06

    I don’t usually eat cooked fruits, but you make it sound and look so beautiful! I must try it once stone fruits are in season here. πŸ™‚

  39. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 07:34:23

    Wow! I love this combination. They all look so caramelized and delicious.

  40. tania@mykitchenstories.com.au
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 08:42:40

    I take my hate off to you it is very hard to keep up that kind of a diet. Especially when you love to cook. It looks delicious. I am sure you enjoyed it.

  41. tania@mykitchenstories.com.au
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 08:43:40

    By the way I think I wrote I take my hate off to you …. which =h of course I didn’t mean ..it was hat!!!!

  42. tania@mykitchenstories.com.au
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 08:44:46

    Embarrassing.. my first comment didn’t even show up. Well done for sticking to your diet especially cause you love cooking

  43. sometimes SAVORY
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 11:08:16

    Looks so good!


  44. Maria
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:14:06

    The apples and the grapes were fantastic but the endive…no I’m not a big fan…I am glad that you liked it! Good luck with the cleanse πŸ™‚

  45. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 16:31:12

    Wow, that all looks so good and perfectly browned!

  46. Beth
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 06:10:41

    I wouldn’t normally put fruit and vegetables together like this, but it sounds like it works!

  47. A Couple in the Kitchen
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 10:19:27

    Great caramelization. Sounds like a winning combination.

  48. mireia
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 10:56:48

    Simple and delicious?? i’m in!!

  49. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 14:35:38

    what a rustic dish! great idea!

  50. Ameena
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 16:54:00

    I love carmelized anything…I have no idea how to do it though! And my patience level doesn’t allow for me to make this. πŸ™‚

    1.5 T of butter doesn’t sound unreasonable at all.

  51. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 17:50:28

    Caramelizing the fruit really brings out the sweetness. So yummy!

  52. lavesta
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 22:32:08

    It sure does look inviting, Yummy! Kudos to you for giving it a try. I’m sure it won’t affect all of your challenging efforts.

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  53. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 01:39:31

    I have had the chance to check other bloggers cooked endives and I was really thrilled with this new way of cooking (besides my ordinary endive salad). Looks delicious!

  54. Katerina
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 04:05:39

    They look so tasty and caramelized!

  55. ohfishiee
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 07:22:29

    i love the caramelized texture! πŸ˜€ look so delicious

    Latest: Little Tiramisu Dream

  56. JasmyneTea
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 07:28:39

    Now that is NOT a combination I’d have thought to try! Looks good though, I’m intrigued πŸ™‚

  57. Bonnie (@GlamKitten88)
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 09:29:01

    This looks amazing! It’s an unexpected combination that I am sure my Mr. A would love.

    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  58. Reem | Simply Reem
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 10:41:22

    caramelizing must have added tons of flavor n depth here..
    I occasionally roast grape but this sounds like wonderful idea…
    perfect as a side with roasted meat/poultry..

  59. Promenade Claire
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 11:25:30

    The title hooked me, then your great photo and now I want to try this. Endive can be a bit butter so pairing it with fruit and roasting is genius ! Thanks for the tip about the cooking times too.

  60. Amanda Chic
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 13:43:38

    I love your recipe!!! Thanks for your lovely comment sweetie πŸ™‚


    A chic kiss πŸ˜‰

  61. Audrey Allure
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 15:43:31

    Mmm that looks delicious!

  62. profiterolesandponytails
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 20:38:16

    Carmelized veggies is such a great way to go. I find them irresistable. BTW, I just made the Nigella lunchbox treats — your recent post inspired me. The hardest part was doing the conversions!

  63. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 20:53:39

    The look of those endives caramelized is just amazing., it makes me hungry and I just ate dinner an hour ago. Wow! The idea of combining the sweet apples with the endives and grapes is shear genius

  64. Healthy cooking Blog
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 21:15:59

    Reminds me of BBQ platter.

  65. Sammie
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 21:55:08

    wow it’s amazing what caramelizing can do!! It looks so gorgeous! Yeah I’m getting super bored with eating raw veggies too. Gotta try this for sure! πŸ™‚

  66. bakeawaywithme.com
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:41:17

    YC, Looks positively delicious…loved this one!

  67. Piebird
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 21:18:36

    nicely caramelized!

  68. kitchen therapy
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 22:32:13

    Love your photo, I liked this dish as well.

  69. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 05:28:19

    You are to be commended for sticking to it. I’m not sure I could. πŸ™‚ This veggie dish would make anyone happy. The caramelization looks perfect.

  70. Alice
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 10:25:48

    Since this works with your vegan cleanse, have you tried the same technique with a different assortment of fruit and veg? I bet it would please any other vegan cleansers out there! πŸ˜‰

  71. Jennifer B.
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 08:08:54

    Your picture looks even better than the one in the cookbook. I’m definitely going to have to try this.

  72. The Healthy Apple
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 20:40:10

    What a fabulous recipe; I cannot wait to make this. So creative! So happy to have found your blog tonight; can’t wait to see more of your recipes!

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