Braised California Endives with Smoked Turkey & Cheese Sauce

Culinary Setting
Smoked Turkey, Turkey Broth


8 white California endives

8 thyme sprigs

1 bay leaf

1/2 c TURKEY or low-sodium chicken broth

To taste salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp flour

1/2 c TURKEY or low-sodium chicken broth

1/4 c milk

3/4 c grated Swiss cheese


1/4 c grated Swiss cheese


Wrapped Entree

In a large skillet, place endives in a single layer. Place thyme, bay leaf and broth atop endives. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add sugar.

Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until endives are just tender (but not falling apart.)

Cheese Sauce

In a saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour. Continue stirring and cook over very low heat to remove floury taste.

Slowly and progressively add broth and milk, whisking vigorously. (TIP: to avoid lumps in the sauce, heat the broth and milk before adding to flour mixture.) If sauce is too thick, add some of the endive braising liquid.

When sauce is smooth, stir in Swiss cheese. Mix well and set aside.


When endives are cool enough to handle, drain well and wrap each with a turkey slice.

Pour a film of the cheese sauce in a shallow, oven-proof dish. Place wrapped endives in the dish. Pour remaining cheese sauce over the endive. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Just before serving, place under broiler long enough to brown the top.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 290

Total Fat 16 g

Saturated Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 80 g

Sodium 1960 mg

Potassium 457 mg

Total Carbohydrates 11 g

Dietary Fiber 2 g

Sugars 2 g

Protein 27 g

% Daily Protein 30

% Daily Vitamin C 6

% Daily Calcium 25

% Daily Iron 6