Endive Stuffed with Walnuts and Goat Cheese

We have here, contrasting flavors of bitter endive, creamy goat cheese, crunchy nuts and sweet orange juice

INGREDIENTS:
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons honey, divided
Cooking spray
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons orange juice
16 Belgian endive leaves (about 2 heads)
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese or blue cheese
16 small orange sections (about 2 navel oranges) 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

YIELD: 16 appetizers

COURSE: Appetizers Tapas Meze

CUISINE: American

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine walnuts and 1 tablespoon honey; spread on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes, stirring after 5 minutes.
  3. 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).
  4. Fill each endive leaf with 1 orange section. Top each section with 1 teaspoon cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts; arrange on a plate. Drizzle the vinegar mixture evenly over leaves, and sprinkle evenly with chives and pepper.