Braised Endive with Ham and Gruyère Recipe

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Braised Endive with Ham and Gruyère
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  1. To cook the endive, combine the butter, sugar, salt, and 10 1/2 cups water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a steady simmer. Add the endive, cover, and cook until very tender, about 45 minutes. A knife should be able to pierce through with no resistance. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the endive to paper towels. Reserve 1 1/4 cups cooking liquid. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the endive.
  2. Wrap each endive with slices of ham. Arrange the endive in a shallow baking dish that holds them snugly; you don't want any space between the endive.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. To make the béchamel, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until golden. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture smells nutty, about 2 minutes. Continue whisking and add the milk, then the reserved endive cooking liquid in a slow, steady stream. Bring the mixture to a boil while whisking. Continue whisking until thickened, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the nutmeg and pepper.
  5. Pour the béchamel over the endive and spread to cover them evenly. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top. Set the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until bubbly and golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. If you want the top more browned and crusty, broil for a minute or two after baking. Serve hot.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1598.43 Kcal (6692 kJ)
Calories from fat 371.28 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41.25g 63%
Cholesterol 142.7mg 48%
Sodium 3463.08mg 144%
Potassium 132.45mg 3%
Total Carbs 225.19g 75%
Sugars 11.03g 44%
Dietary Fiber 208.25g 833%
Protein 99.37g 199%
Vitamin C 553.7mg 923%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 8%
Iron 69.3mg 385%
Calcium 3402.5mg 340%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 26.28 Kcal (110 kJ)
Calories from fat 6.1 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.68g 63%
Cholesterol 2.35mg 48%
Sodium 56.94mg 144%
Potassium 2.18mg 3%
Total Carbs 3.7g 75%
Sugars 0.18g 44%
Dietary Fiber 3.42g 833%
Protein 1.63g 199%
Vitamin C 9.1mg 923%
Iron 1.1mg 385%
Calcium 55.9mg 340%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 34.6
  • 27

Good Points

  • low calorie,
  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol,
  • sugar free,
  • good source of fiber

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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