Braised Endive w/ Ham & Gruyere

Braised Endive, Ham & Gruyere - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Braised Endive with Ham & Gruyère Recipe
Serves 4.
This dish can keep refrigerated (unbroiled and wrapped) for up to 2 days.

8 ea. Belgium endives
1 lemon juice and cold water
2 Tbsp (30g) butter
1.5 qt (1.5L) chicken stock
Salt to taste (fleur de sel if possible).
Endives outer leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp (15g) butter
1 pint (500g) heavy cream
4 ea. cloves, crushed
Salt and pepper (easy on salt).
Caramelized Endives
2 Tbsp (30g) butter
1 Tbsp (20g) granulated sugar.

8 ham slices (preferably uncured and all natural)
4 ounces (120g) Gruyère or Comté cheese, shredded.

Trim off each endive bottom and remove one or 2 outer leaves. Soak leaves first and endives in lemony water and drain well. Chop outer endive leaves. Heat up a large saucepan or dutch oven, melt butter, throw in garlic and the chopped endive leaves, season with salt and pepper and sweat for about 4 min on medium high heat. Add heavy cream, bring to boil and let simmer for 45 min to reduce; uncovered. Pass through a sieve. Save solids if desired and reserve the reduced endive flavored cream.
In a large sautoir, melt 2 Tbsp (30g) butter to coat endives. Add chicken stock, season with salt, bring to boil, put the lid on and let simmer for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Drain endives well and let cool – squeeze out excess moisture left inside each endive and reserve on paper towels. Save stock for later use such as cooking pasta or soup. In a heated frying pan, melt butter and sprinkle half of the sugar. Arrange cooked endives and caramelize on both sides – let cool.
Wrap each endive in ham, arrange them in a shallow dish, glaze with the reduced cream sauce, add shredded cheeese and broil until the cheese melts and brown slightly. Serve hot – Bon appétit!

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