A quick and delicious endive recipe with smoked salmon, blue cheese and avocado. These traditional stuffed endives from Spain are a perfect addition to a dinner party or holiday spread.
New Year’s Eve in Spain
The first time I had stuffed endives I was in Madrid at my sister in law’s house. It was my first New Year’s Eve with my husband’s family and we were visiting from Bilbao (Northern Spain) where we had been living for just a few short months. Everyone brought food to contribute to the meal so we decided to bring bottles of special Cantabrian anchovies, slices of various holiday turrones and plates of sweet langostinos. I had no idea what to expect other than a warm evening with family and lots of delicious food.
New Year’s Eve is a very special celebration throughout Spain where everyone unites with family and enjoys abundant traditional seafood, meat and poultry dishes and many complementary dishes like salads, embutido or cold cuts and special cheeses. Dinner starts at 10:00 PM and ends with the countdown to the new year as we devour grapes before the clock chimes 12 hoping for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
On that first New Year’s I spent in Spain, I sat down at the table and the seafood and the salads caught my eye. My sister in law had made stuffed endives with a smooth blue cheese spread and an anchovy. I loved this traditional endive recipe and have been making stuffed endives ever since.
It’s All in the Filling
Endives have a bitter flavor that for my taste requires a strong flavor to counter the bitterness. They are crunchy and refreshing and counter some of the heavier offerings at our big family celebrations. Blue cheese is often paired with endives but the combinations are endless. Some other variations include: rice, bean salads, goat cheese, nuts, grapes and honey. My go-to stuffing for this endive recipe is chopped onions, avocado, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and salmon, dressed with olive oil, salt, pepper and apple cider vinegar. Endives should be washed and left to dry and then filled with the mixture. They look beautiful on a plate and make for a special tapa, salad plate, or simple dinner.
While commonly served on special occasions, I find myself making this endive recipe all the time. We often enjoy them for a casual cena at home when we want something light and don’t feel like cooking. I hope you enjoy this easy recipe and get creative inventing your own fillings.