- 2 plump Belgian endives (bottoms trimmed)
- 2 pears (Anjou, Comice or Bartlett, must be ripe but firm)
- 4 small clusters of red or green grapes (3-4 grapes per cluster)
- 1 1/2 tbsp salted butter*
- 3 small sprigs rosemary
- salt (preferably fleur de sel) and fresh-ground black pepper
- Cut endive lengthwise in half. Peel, quarter and core pears.
- Place a non-stick skillet on low heat. Add butter and, when it’s melted, arrange the endive cut-face down and pears core-side down. Scatter the grape bunches and rosemary on top.
- Cook uncovered on low to medium-low heat, undisturbed, for 20 minutes. At that point, the endive underside should be caramelized, and the pears and grapes should be softening and possibly a bit browned. Gently turn everything over, and baste with any liquid in the pan. Cook on low for 20 minutes more.
- Transfer the endive, pears and grapes to a warmed serving platter and season with salt and pepper. Return the pan to the heat and turn heat to high. Add a tablespoon or two of water (as needed) and scrape off the caramelized sugars in the pan, stirring it to make a sauce. Spoon the sauce over the endive and serve.
- You can accompany the dish with a bloomy-rind blue cheese such as Cambozola and thick slices of grilled bread.
Berkshire Chef and Baker Amy Loveless is best known for her ten-year run at Suchèle in Lenox and, more recently, at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Mass.
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