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Endive Boats with Fresh Ricotta and Roasted Beets Recipe


Endive Boats

Serving light hors d’oeuvres that won’t spoil your guests’ appetites before they sit down for dinner should always be a priority. These endive boats fit the bill. They’re as colorful as they are delicious — not to mention festive and light as a cloud! No wonder these cheerful boats have become a fixture at my fall and winter dinner parties.

Go the extra mile and make these scrumptious hors d’oeuvres with homemade ricotta and I bet your guests will be asking for seconds.


*Note: The beets can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

**Note: The boats can be assembled up to 30 minutes ahead and kept at room temperature. Do not prepare too far ahead of time as the endives will wilt.


  • 4 medium-sized red beets, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped finely
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 large Belgian endives, trimmed and leaves pulled from core (about 24 large leaves)
  • 12 ounces fresh ricotta cheese
  • Chives, for garnish


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the beets in a small roasting pan.* Fill the pan with ½-inch of water. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 60-70 minutes, until the beets are tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool to room temperature.

In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, olive oil, chives, salt, and pepper until well blended. Set aside. Peel the beets by slipping the skins off with the back of a knife. Cut the beets into 1/8-inch cubes. Add the dressing, toss well, and let stand at room temperature for 15-30 minutes.

Just before serving, place a spoonful of the ricotta in the bottom half of each endive leaf.** Top with the beet cubes. Garnish with a chive tip and serve.