Endives Blades with Matchstick Beets, Apples, Walnuts and Goat Cheese
2 small beetroots, scrubbed with stems removed (keep the greens to sautee later!)
2 T EVOO, plus 1 t for roasting the beets
1 Gala apple
2 T red wine vinegar
3/4 c walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
4 Belgian Endive bulbs
4 oz goat cheese
2 T finely chopped flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper throughout
Preheat the oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the beets in a baking pan, drizzle with 1 t EVOO and sprinkle with salt. Cover with foil. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until fork tender. Remove the beets from the pan and set aside to cool completely.
Once cooled, peel and grate the beets on a large holed box grater.
In a large bowl, whisk together the EVOO, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the beets to the bowl and toss. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
After the beets have marinated for 30 minutes, cut the apple into 1/8-inch matchsticks, and add them to the bowl. Add the toasted walnuts and stir. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Trim the bottom from the Belgian Endive bulbs and separate the leaves. Fill the lower 1/3 of each leaf with 1/2 t of goat cheese, then 1 t of the beet mixture and a sprinkling of parsley. Arrange the blades on a platter to serve. Makes about 24 blades.