Krispy Roasted Endives
About 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil …a little butter optional at the end
8 Belgian endives, halved lengthwise
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves…minced
1/2 red bell pepper …minced
1/4 c. finely chopped prosciutto or ham
1 1/2 c. fresh breadcrumbs
Romano cheese grated optional at the end
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Use some of the oil to lightly grease a baking dish large enough to hold the endives in a single layer
Arrange the endives in a single layer in the prepared baking dish and brush with some of the oil.
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until tender and lightly brown. Remove the baking dish from the oven and preheat the broiler.
Meanwhile… heat 2 T. of the oil in a large saute pan. Add the shallots-garlic-bell pepper-prosciutto…saute until softened and fragrant…about 5 minutes. … Stir in the breadcrumbs and sute until lightly colored…an additional 2 minutes. season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cover the endives with the crumb mixture…drizzle with any remaing oil or use butter here
Place the baking dish under the broiler just long enough to crisp the top…2 to 5 minutes.
Watch carefully and don’t let the crumbs burn.
Option when serving add: Generously Romano grated cheese over the top.
Serves 6 to 8 This is a delight