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Blue Cheese and Walnut Endive Bites

Blue Cheese and Walnut Endive Bites

It is hard to believe it is already Friday!  Frankly I am thrilled to simply chill this
weekend.  Or as like to say “chillax” –
chill + relax. My work week was full of many miles on the car, a crammed BART
ride to San Francisco for an all
day meeting and never a dull moment during the work week.  All good – but so happy it is FRIDAY!

You know the drill – with a Friday night comes Friday Night
Bites and wine.  This week I am opting
for a refreshing appetizer.  I adore an
appetizer with endive.  It is like having
a natural vessel for numerous toppings. 
The slight crunch is satisfying along with the savory and sweet
combination of toppings.  This delightful
bite would go perfect with a glass of chardonnay.  We just enjoyed the Acacia Chardonnay and
thought it was a perfect pairing.

What is on your agenda for this weekend? Please share any
fun Friday night appetizer ideas you would like to see.  Cheers to YOU!

Blue Cheese and Walnut Endive Bites

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1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2
tablespoons
 honey, divided
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3
tablespoons
 orange juice
16 Belgian endive leaves (about 2 heads)
1/3 cup (1
1/2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
16 small orange sections (about 2 navel oranges)
2
tablespoon
 minced fresh chives
1/4
teaspoon
 cracked black pepper
Combine walnuts plus 1 tablespoon
honey; spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or parchment paper to
prevent sticking. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
Combine 1 tablespoon honey,
vinegar, and orange juice in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over
high heat, and cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 5 minutes).
Fill each endive leaf with 1 orange
section. Top each section with 1 teaspoon of cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts;
arrange on a plate. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over leaves, and
sprinkle evenly with chives and pepper.

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