Grilled Warm Endive Salad with Capicola

This recipe came from the late Seb’s, a beautiful but short-lived restaurant in the early days of the Jax Brewery. It uses the spear-shaped heads of Belgian endive–a bitter, delicious gourmet lettuce–with the rich capicola ham. The combination may seem odd, but it’s delicious.

Salad of bitter greens with rich capicola dry-cured ham.

  • 4 whole Belgian endives
  • Olive oil
  • 8 small slices capicola ham (substitute prosciutto or smoked ham if not available)
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries or blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinegar
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Sprigs of mint and fresh berries for garnish

1. Heat up a barbecue grill or black iron skillet as hot as you can get it.

2. Slice the endive heads in half from end to end, and brush with olive oil. Place them, cut side down, on the grill or skillet until charred in spots.

3. Wrap slices of capicola around the endives, and secure with toothpicks. Bake them in the preheated oven for three minutes.

4. To make the dressing, puree the berries in a blender. Pour the oil in slowly while continuing to blend, then add the rest of the dressing ingredients.

5. Nap 1 Tbs. of the dressing over each endive half, garnish, and serve as an appetizer or salad.

Serves four.

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