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What is it?

Frisée is essentially baby curly endive. Its tender leaves are finer and its flavor is milder than its more mature cousin. It’s a favorite of French cooks for salads, especially when paired with a warm bacon vinaigrette.

Kitchen math:

1 large head = about 8 oz.

Don’t have it?

Substitute curly endive.

How to choose:

The stem end shouldn’t show signs of browning, nor should the outer leaves look wilted or have black tips. The pale center leaves are the best part, so choose a head with lots of them.

How to prep:

Wash well and spin dry. Tear into bite-size pieces.

How to store:

Store in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator and use within a few days.

Cross Reference

curly endive


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