Hi Everyone!!!! My name is Crystal!!!! I'm your just your basic stay at home mom, you know, but with a twist. I love to cook for my family and friends, but my cooking is not just what you would call Basic.... I elevate it a little bit to give it my own little spin. Along with cooking, I also homeschool my children which I love to share on here, and I have an amazing supportive husband. I love sharing my life with all of you and I hope you all enjoy!!!! From our home to yours....
Endive with Herbed Cheese & Walnuts
This past weekend was my grandmas 70th birthday party. We had an assortment of great appetizers and main courses.
The party went off with a bang! She loved it and loved all the entertainment and food we had for the party.
Planning went into play months ago and with 4 great minds (myself, mom, Kimberly & Uncle Rick), everything fell into place perfectly.
This endive appetizer came out great! I had actually never made it until the night before the party. At first I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but the next day, it was one of the first appetizers to go. Obviously everyone loved it!!!
4 heads endive, washed and trimmed
8 oz ricotta cheese
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup fresh dill, minced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
In a small bowl, combine ricotta, parsley, dill, garlic & salt and pepper. Set aside.
To assemble, place a 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture onto endive and top with 1 walnut piece. Repeat until all endive leaves are stuffed with cheese mixture and walnuts.
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