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Endive Recipes That Explain Why Belgians Call It 'White Gold' (PHOTOS)

You'll understand why the Belgians call it their white gold.
02/27/2013 08:56am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

When it comes to Belgian endives, you either love them or you've just never had one. Their pale green chicory leaves are one of the reasons that we're able to get through these long months of winter (without packing our bags with plans to move to Florida). To Belgians, endives are referred to as "white gold" -- and we understand why.

Endives are crisp and bitter when raw, making them a great addition to brighten up salads this time of year. When cooked, endive's sharp flavor softens into a mellow sweetness -- whether steamed, grilled or braised. They're one versatile ingredient for your winter kitchen.

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Endive And Ham Au Gratin
Cafe Johnsonia
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2
Provencal Endive Salad
Simply Recipes
3
Red Endive With Dried Cranberries, Pecans And Feta
My San Francisco Kitchen
4
Autumn Vegetable Tarte Tatin
Mimi Thorisson/Manger
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Prosciutto, Endive & Shaved Manchego Salad
Alexandra Cooks
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Cream Baked Endive With Bacon And Pecans
James Ransom/Food52
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Caramelized Endives And Apples
Mardi Michels (eat. live. travel. write.)
Get the Caramelized Endives And Apples recipe by Mardi Michels (eat. live. travel. write.)
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Roasted Endive With Walnut Vinaigrette
James Ransom/Food52
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French Onion & Endive Soup Recipe
Cookin' Canuck
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Gin-And-Orange-Juice-Braised Endives
Michael Turek/Food&Wine
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Endive Salad With Walnuts, Pears, And Gorgonzola
Simply Recipes
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Beet, Burrata And Endive Salad
Kitchen Confidante
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Shrimp And Avocado Spears
Bell'Alimento
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Endive, Pear & Chevre Tart
Food Babbles
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Warm Artichoke And Goat Cheese Souffles In Endive Leaves
New Media Publishing
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Salmon And Endive Tart
Living Tastefully
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Sweet Potato & Endive Hash Recipe With Sriracha Buttermilk Sauce
Cookin' Canuck

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