A decorative, delicious appetizer with elegant presentation, this appetizer is a gem. The crisp, cruncy and spicy flavor of Belgian endive is enhanced by creamy cheese and decorative tomatoes.

Endive with Tomato Rosettes
Recipe type: Appetizers
Serves: 36
  • 6 medium-sized heads Belgian endive
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 ounces dried tomatoes, in oil (chopped)
  • basil leaves or watercress
  • flower for garnish
  1. ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING OR EARLY IN DAY: Separate leaves from heads of Belgian endive (you should be able to get 6 pretty leaves from each endive). Reserve small leaves and centers for salad another day. Rinse leaves under running cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  2. In small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk until blended. With spoon, stir in chopped dried tomatoes. Spoon cream-cheese filling into decorating bag with large rosette tube. Place a basil leaf or small watercress sprig on each endive leaf. Pipe some filling onto basil on wide end of each endive leaf. Arrange endive leaves on platter; garnish platter with flower. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Calories per serving: 30, Fat grams per serving: 3, Cholesterol per serving: 7

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