Party tables are filled with heavy bites this time of year, and living a balanced life means being able to enjoy those. But amongst the cheesy, creamy, dips and sweet treats, it can be refreshing to offer something on the lighter side that still packs a ton of flavor. Enter these endive appetizer bites.

This month’s Recipe ReDux challenge: We’re playing a little party game at the end of 2016: Grab your nearest cookbook and ReDux the recipe on page 201, 16, 216 – or any combination of the number ‘2016.’

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi was a top my nearest stack of cookbooks when I read this month’s challenge. I flipped to page 160 and was happily met with his Nutty Endive with Roquefort salad.

Ottolenghi makes use of crème fraîche in this salad making it creamy and tangy, but also decadent. So I took this recipe idea and created a lighter appetizer option that’s just as festive and fancy as the sausage-stuffed mushrooms or the stunning cheeseballs at this year’s holiday parties.

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Blue Cheese & Pear Endive Appetizer

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x



¾ cup plain greek yogurt (I prefer Fage 0% or 2%)

2 ounces blue cheese

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Salt and black pepper to taste

1214 Belgian endive leaves (from 2 endives)

1 pear peeled and julienned

3 tablespoons chopped roasted and salted pistachios

2 tablespoons pomegranate arils


Mix together yogurt, blue cheese, oil, and honey until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Spoon yogurt mixture into endive leaves, top with pear slices, pistachios, and pomegranate arils.

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About The Author

Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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