These Endive Ricotta Appetizers are super light and easy to make. Beautiful contrasting colours, textures and flavours. And the variations are endless.
My friend Faygie recently served a version of these at a dinner party. She made two per person and I was secretly hoping someone wouldn’t eat theirs so I could have an extra. I knew for sure I was going to blog these little jewels. So pretty!
The endive has almost no taste which is why it’s a perfect vehicle for any toppings. It does, however, have an amazing crunch which contrasts so nicely with the creamy smooth ricotta. When you add a blend of sweet and savoury flavours, you get a perfect little bite. Well, two.
In 10 minutes, you have a simple little appetizer. I’ve made a few suggestions for variations below, but don’t let that limit you. Check around in your pantry and fridge for what you have. Or think about your favourite flavour combinations. The endive and ricotta provide an ideal setup for big bold flavours, sweet-tangy ones and many others.
Tailor To Your Taste
- drizzle on a balsamic reduction
- leave out the honey
- use any roasted nuts or seeds e.g. pepitas, pine nuts, crushed hazelnuts, etc.
- use raisins or dried cranberries instead of currants
- use green onions instead of chives
- add some heat with sriracha or chili flakes
- sprinkle with orange zest
- if you can’t find endives, you can use lettuce cups
- for alternative toppings, try:
- finely diced citrus fruits and goat cheese, drizzled with vinaigrette or honey
- goat cheese or ricotta topped with olive Tepanade and sprinkled with chives
- finely diced tomatoes and olives, sprinkled with lemon zest
- diced roasted peppers, sprinkled with chives and Parmesan
- roasted corn and peppers with a drizzle of lime, salt and honey
- chopped shrimp salad with dill
These apps keep in the fridge for a few hours. Or make the mixture ahead and prepare the endives, then assemble before serving.
Adapted from myrecipes.
Here are a couple of other appetizers you might like: