Cheesy Broiled Endive is an impressive, easy appetizer that only takes two ingredients! Topped with your favorite cheese it’s deliciously savory, filling and my favorite part…. Low carb!!!
Cheesy broiled Endive is a recipe that my husband had talked about for years. He went to a restaurant in San Francisco years before he met me and it left a very lasting impression. Seriously, he would talk about this and how delicious and different it was.
He described it as grilled radicchio with cheese on it. I set out to make what he described even thought the thought of grilled lettuce didn’t sound very good to me.
I’m sure glad I did. I switched the recipe to endive because it was smaller and better suited for appetizers than radicchio. While the final recipe for Cheesy Broiled Endive I’m sharing isn’t made on a grill, I promise you that it is really tasty!!
You can grill it, but I found broiling it in a hot oven gives a more even texture on the endive and less charring on the leaves too. The grill can also be somewhat hazardous with the melting cheese.
Broiling gives you a crispy golden brown edged cheese that works so well with the endive. The melted cheese with the very moist insides of the endive is a very different twist on an appetizer.
I know this appetizer doesn’t look all that pretty, but I promise that if you try it, you will want it often. It’s become a fixture on our meal plans because it doesn’t have any starchy carbs in it. The cheese is a nice protein for those wanting a low carb high protein diet. Oh, and did I mention it tastes sooooo good?
Recipe Breakdown for Cheesy Broiled Endive:
Difficulty: Easy, (an added bonus that it’s only 2 ingredients!)
Versatility: Works as an appetizer or a salad for a meal. Options: Would work with Radicchio just as well. I just like the smaller pieces of endive for presentation for an appetizer. You can substitute your favorite cheese or your guest’s favorite cheese.
Bonus: Low carb offering for those guests who are watching what they eat.
Negatives: You have to make right before serving, but on the plus side you can set up the pan and have it ready to pop in the oven when you are ready so actually it’s not a negative at all.
This would pair with your favorite wine or with this cocktail!
- 3 small endives
- 1 cup shredded cheese, gruyere, swiss or your favorite cheddar
- Preheat the oven to 450°
- Line a baking pan with crumbled up foil. You are going to use the foil to prop the endive so they don't roll over while baking.
- Cut the endive in half lengthwise, rinse with water and drain.
- Lay endive on foil lined sheet, very close together with the flat side up.
- Cover Endive with generous amount of shredded cheese.
- Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until cheese is golden brown and bubbling.
- Serve immediately.
The nutritional information for this recipe was calculated in My Fitness Pall using the exact brands and ingredients I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet, please calculate the information using what you used to purchase this.
Serving Size:6 (1/2 endive portion)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Carbohydrates: 9gFiber: 8gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g