Monday, December 20, 2010

Appetizing Appetizer: Bacon, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Endive Spears


I'm sick of sweet stuff.

Recover yet? Okay, good. I've been stuck inside for days on end in this seasonal-yet-unseasonal rainstorm, puttering around the kitchen with my mom as we completed our holiday baking. There was a lot of baking going on. This means there was a lot of batter and dough tasting, as well as double checking to make sure the final product was satisfactory. Basically, I ate way too much sugar, which ended in me being too queasy to eat enough real food this past weekend. Bad idea, I tell you.

So I won't be posting anything sweet until 2011 falls upon us. I may not even eat anything sweet until then either. Unless it involves that jar of Nutella that miraculously appeared on our dining room table the other day, prompting dreams of Nutella cookie sandwiches, Nutella waffles, and Nutella on my fingers. I have a weak spot, okay?

Because no one wants to see a post laden with photographs of my Nutella-covered fingers as I lick them clean, I'm sharing a new creation borne of my need to eat cheese and fruit. And endive. I was really craving endive. These Bacon, Blue Cheese & Pomegranate Endive Spears make the perfect savory appetizer for your Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or New Year's celebration. In fact, I'd liken them to a party in your mouth. The blue cheese brings the tang; the Granny Smith apple and pomegranate arils cover tart and sweet; bacon has that salty deliciousness going on; the toasted walnuts bring a hint of nuttiness; and the endive completes the taste-train with its mild bitterness. There's just so much going on, including an array of textures to please the palate. Dare I say that they are...delicious?

I know, I'm weak on the explanation front today. I'm sorry. Just think how awesome it would be to take one of those apple-walnut-blue cheese salads served this time of year, distill it down into one flavor-packed bite, add in some bacon, and then sprinkle it with a little pomegranate. Can you resist that? I couldn't. I didn't. And I'm oh so glad.






Bacon, Blue Cheese &
Pomegranate Endive Spears

20 Belgian endive leaves

1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
1 cup Granny Smith apple, diced
6 slices of bacon, crispy
1 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
lemon juice

1/3 cup pomegranate arils
10 walnuts, crushed







Note: Make the cheese mixture and construct one spear, with pomegranate and walnuts. Eat it. Return to cheese mixture and adjust ingredients if necessary.

Chop bacon into bite size pieces, apples into 1/4" cubes, and break up any large chunks of cheese. Sprinkle apple with lemon juice to prevent browning. Mix in bowl with olive oil. Place about a tablespoon of the mixture on each endive leaf, sprinkle with crushed walnuts & pomegranate arils. Serve cold.


29 comments:

bb's mom said...

you didn't save me any! i guess i will have to eat more leftover goodies.

Julie (thelittlekitchen.net) said...

This looks great! I wouldn't have noticed the toothpick on the picture you posted on twitter if you hadn't mentioned it. I love endive, I want to try to make more with it in 2011. Happy New Year to you!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow this is a stunning appetizer

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

LOVE it! SOOO gona try this tomorrow :-)

Bridgett said...

Wow, this just looks top notch not to mention how delicious it sounds. Now I have the perfect use for the pomegranate arils in my fridge. Thank you for the inspiration. Happy Holidays to you.

Kim - Liv Life said...

I'm with you!!! Though I still have a few sweets to post, my next up is a roasted chicken.
I'm thinking your appetizer here is going to end up on my Christmas Eve table though! Just lovely! Beautiful, tac sharp photo too!

Island Vittles said...

Yup, a definitely tasty update on the bacon/blue cheese classic combo. And they make a pretty nice pic too! Theresa

Lana said...

Oooh, this looks divine! You are right, the flavors complement each other perfectly. And I love the bitterness of the endive. Husband is always bugging me to make an endive salad appetizer, and now I have it. Very festive, yet so simple.
It was really nice meeting you at Sippity Sup's party, although I wish we spent more time talking. But, there is always the next time:)

Tes said...

What a beautiful appitizer. It sounds so fresh and refreshing. The pictures are so stunning, too.

spabettie.com said...

these look perfectly delicious. I need some clean fresh food right now, and these are beautiful springtime :)

briarrose said...

Lovely. Wonderful combination of ingredients.

Stephanie @ Per l'Amore del Cibo said...

These look really, really good. And they're a great alternative to all the sweets going on this time of year.

Stephanie said...

I love appetizers. I could eat them as a meal every single day for the rest of my life and I would be happy. :-p

And with all those ingredients in there, it definitely does seem like a party. Love it.

Lauren said...

These are pretty. Could use some mustard.

Magic of Spice said...

Such a perfect appetizer or snack, especially for the Holidays. Love your photos :)
Happy Holidays

meltingbutter.com said...

so glad i saw this, i have some leftover endives i need to get rid of :)

Evan @swEEts said...

Even though I can't relate on the no more sweets till 2011, I can say that this looks like a wonderful app to combat all those holiday sweets! And since it's on an endive spear its healthy right? Great pictures by the way!

Chef Dennis said...

what a great combination and a perfect appetizer! I have done endive with prosucitto and aged romano, your combination sounds even better!
Cheers
Dennis

visda said...

I made a vegetarian version of it a couple of weeks ago but I like yours too.
http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/2969684-pomegranate-salad

Stella said...

Hey Baking Barrister! You're too funny. I cause myself to get sick of sweet stuff too sometimes. I have such a sweet tooth that I can even over do fruit eating. It's ridiculous...
This is beautiful though. I'm going to look for Belgian Endive when I'm at the store tomorrow;-)
Happy Holidays by the way!

Barbara l Vino Luci Style said...

A most unusual combination that you've come up with my dear...and sounds DELICIOUS if you ask me. Not only sounds great but I love your photos.

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said...

These sound divine!! I love the color and texture of this dish

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

These look absolutely amazing! Appetizers are one of my favorite things. I have put these on my list of items to make. Endive leaves are a perfect vehicle for appetizers. Happy Holidys!

Jason Phelps said...

This is beautfiul and tasty. It includes bacon and cheese so I'd be sure to eat it!

Jason

Monet said...

I can only imagine the flavor and the texture of this delicious appetizer. The crunch from the bacon and the endive must be spectacular. I'm starting to get sick of sweets too (but we all have that soft spot for nutella...) Thank you for sharing with me, sweet friend. Have a beautiful Thursday!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Hey after "cookie baking day" I'm sick of sweet stuff too!

I just love to scoop up any sort of concoction on a crunchy endive leaf. You had my attention right away!

Delishhh said...

Love this! Love the presentation and how you can just scoop it up!

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I think I'm done with sweet stuff for this year too. I might not really bake much for the next week or 10 days. Maybe it's about time I get more creative with my cooking. And if you give me bacon+blue cheese combination. I'm all in for that. BTW, I totally love your mom commenting hehe At least I feel I'm not the only one not eating your stuff!

Mary said...

Those look incredibly delicious and flavorful! YUM! Great blog and beautiful photography; I'm so happy I found you!

Merry Christmas!

Mary
Delightful Bitefuls

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