Yield: 4 servings
|⅓ cup||White Wine Vinegar|
|⅔ cup||Olive Oil|
|4||3 ounce Belgian Endives|
|Assorted Wild or Pickled|
|Assorted fresh herbs and|
|Pickled Ginger, sliced|
BELGIAN ENDIVE SALAD
Marinade: In a screw-top jar combine wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and sugar. Cover and shake well. Set aside.
Belgian Endive Salad: Cut Belgian endive into fan shapes. Using a large knife, cut each endive lengthwise from endive tips to base, cutting to but not through the base. Turn endive a quarter turn and cut lengthwise again. This now forms 4 large "petals." Cut each quarter lengthwise again to form 8"petals" that are still held intact by the base.
Run cold water into center of each endive. Drain. Arrange in a shallow dish. Shake marinade and pour over endive. Marinate 10 minutes, spooning marinade over endive twice. Remove endive from marinade with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels, patting gently to remove excess marinade.
On each of 4 serving plates, spread out an endive "fan." Scatter mushrooms over endive. Decorate endive "petals" with fresh herbs and flowers to resemble a flower arrangement. Arrange ginger on each endive near base. Halve tomato crosswise, using a zigzag cut. Remove pulp and seeds. Cut each tomato half in half again, lenghtwise. Fit a tomato quarter over base of each endive to form a "vase." Source: Victoria Magazine, April 1994 Typed by Katherine Smith Cyberealm BBS Watertown NY and Home of Kook-Net 315-786-1120