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
5 Belgian endives, leaves separated; smallest leaves saved for another use
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
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.
nutrition information (per serving):
per piece, based on 40 pieces;
photo: Scott Phillips
From Fine Cooking 69
, pp. 90c
December 15, 2004