Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Walnuts

Appetizers can easily add up to hundreds of calories so I am always on the outlook for some “lighter” lower calorie options. Using endive instead of bread or crackers instantly saves tons of calories without sacrificing flavor. An added bonus is that endive leaves make for an impressive presentation. This is a lovely combination of textures and flavor. Don’t stop with this recipe, be creative with your favorite spreads and try serving them up with endive instead of bread or crackers.

The toasted walnuts glazed with honey are a nice contrast to the slightly bitter flavor of the endive and the sweet taste of the fresh orange. No oranges on hand – no problem – fresh strawberries or raspberries would also work well.

The drizzle of blasamic vinegar is the finshing touch.  Each bite is a party for your taste buds! In my excitement to photograph these I forgot to sprinkle them with the chopped chives. Silly me!

Endive Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Walnuts

  •  1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 16 Belgian endive leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese
  • 16 small orange sections (about 2 navel oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine walnuts and 1 tablespoon honey; spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.

Combine 1 tablespoon honey, vinegar, and orange juice in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, and cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 5 minutes).

Fill each endive leaf with 1 orange section. Top each section with 1 teaspoon cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts; arrange on a plate. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over leaves, and sprinkle evenly with chives and pepper.


Amount per serving Calories: 92, Fat: 4.5g, Saturated fat: 1.1g, Protein: 2.5g, Carbohydrate: 11.9g, Fiber: 2g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 29mg, Calcium: 43mg WWPP 3

Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light SEPTEMBER 2001

Nutmeg Notes

We are having unseasonably cool weather for this time of year and with it comes illness. Hubby Tom has come down with a terrible flu/cold bug complete with running a temperature, hacking cough, sore throat and an achy body. Yucky! I am going behind him with the antibacterial wipes and disinfecting everything he touches.

I’m knee deep into Spring cleaning. I’m a little late getting started this year but I wanted to wait until the college kids were available to help. As I am going through the kitchen cupboards (which are now sparkling clean, neat and organized) I am weeding through my excess of dishes and dividing them up into boxes for the kids. A person can only use so much Tupperware! It’s a win, win situation for everyone. It’s funny how we spend years and years accumulating things only to discover that less is more. The fewer things we have, the easier it is to maintain and keep a neat and clean environment. Live and learn.

We have ribs and the all the trimmings for a great BBQ meal but I am not even sure that is going to happen this weekend since the “grill master” is not well. I have never mastered running the BBQ grill, that has always been his domain. Never too late to learn I guess but I hate to experiment with ribs!

To your health!


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  1. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    OH NO on your hubby Tami!!! Hope he feels better soon! Cooler down here too this weekend! Beach people are not going to be happy! 😉

    I have not had endive & as healthy as walnuts are, not my fave….. I wish I liked them!

    Hope hubby feels better & the weekend ends up better than it started! 🙂

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    The appetizer sounds great!

    Hope the grill master feels better soon!!!

  3. The Candid RD (Gina) says:

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had endive, to be honest. But I need to make this recipe because it sounds amazing, and its so pretty!

  4. Ilana says:

    I came home to my parent’s house today and completely reorganized the pantry, fridge, and numerous cabinets in the kitchen. It feels so good to have everything in order and to purge old, stained, mismatched containers, etc.

  5. Tish says:

    Tami, this looks yummy. I came across a good-sounding appetizer today at this url: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/crostini-brie-dates-toasted-walnuts.aspx
    Sorry to hear about hubby’s cold/flu. I was felled by something similar a couple weeks ago. It took 2 weeks to disappear. Don’t believe that empty nest myth–they come back, and bring the grandkids!

  6. Jane says:

    I hope your hubby feels better soon! That’s no fun! I honestly don’t think I have ever had endives, but this looks so good!!! It looks like a perfect appetizer!

  7. Jan says:

    Anything with cheese and nuts gets my attention! Endive is sometimes a little too bitter for me. Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be tangy. Perhaps my taste buds are confused. Maybe I will try this with some blue cheese and walnuts (still staying away from most carbs).

    Sorry your hubby is sick. You get out there and get to grilling! There so many fine recipes you could adapt to the grill.

  8. Dr. J says:

    Sorry about Tom!

    Give the grill a go, Tami!

    “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

  9. Biz says:

    You had me at goat cheese! Love this combo of sweet and savory. I sometimes have trouble finding endive, my normal ethnic grocery store doesn’t carry it, and it seems like a waste to make a trip to another store just to pick it up – although this recipe is calling my name!

  10. Ann says:

    I remember these from a previous post and I’ve made them before. They wow a crowd and taste FAB! Hope hubby’s better and you got to eat those ribs!

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