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Recipe

Apple, Blue Cheese & Hazelnut Salad on Endive Leaves

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 35 to 40 hors d'oeuvres.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large (about 8 oz.) tart-sweet red apple, such as Gala or Braeburn, cored and cut into 1/8-inch dice
  • 3 oz. blue cheese, crumbled (to yield about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery (from about 2 large ribs)
  • 3 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 Belgian endives, leaves separated; smallest leaves saved for another use
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size per piece, based on 40 pieces
      Calories (kcal) : 30
      Fat Calories (kcal): 20
      Fat (g): 2.5
      Saturated Fat (g): 1
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Cholesterol (mg): 4.5
      Sodium (mg): 125
      Carbohydrates (g): 1
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 1

Preparation

  • In a medium bowl, combine the apple, blue cheese, celery, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Stir gently to combine. Season to taste with salt.
  • To assemble, mound a small spoonful of the apple mixture onto the core end of each endive leaf. Sprinkle with the hazelnuts and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

To bring this hors d’oeuvre to a party, pack the apple mixture, the endive, and the hazelnuts separately and quickly assemble them once you arrive (don’t make the apple mixture more than an hour ahead). Also, you can toast and chop the hazelnuts for up to one month in advance and freeze them in an airtight container.

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  • Nanpet | 05/30/2013

    Very good. I used toasted pistachio nuts instead of hazelnuts. Be sure to mix at the last minute before assembling. The first time I mixed it too early and it got runny. This was the hit at the party!!

  • MelR | 12/16/2012

    Big hit at the party. Many people asked for the recipe.I added a little bit of sugar to the apple, mayo mix.

  • porkloin | 12/12/2011

    There was not a single endive wedge left within 20 minutes of serving this AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS appetizer. A definite must for our next dinner party.

  • drsteveb | 08/05/2010

    i agrree that this reicpe is a sure winner for an elegant app. i have used walnuts when i couldn't find/didn't have hazelnuts with excellent results.

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