Recipe: Belgian Endive And Blue Cheese Gratin

Alex Raij tops endive with tangy blue cheese for this Basque gratin

Endive has the perfect amount of bite, bitterness and crunch to stand up to the other ingredients in chef Alex Raij's Basque gratin. In true Basque fashion, the endive is smothered in mayonnaise before being topped with blue cheese from the region. It's the perfect balance of richness and crispness.

We love the mixture of red and yellow endive Raij uses in the dish for a bright contrast of colors, but feel free to use one or the other. Raij does emphasize the importance of Bleu des Basques cheese, which is nice and sharp. You can find it in most cheese shops, but if you can't, try substituting a bleu d'Auvergne.

To learn more, read "Baby Got Basque."

Recipe adapted from 'The Basque Book,' by Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Belgian Endive And Blue Cheese Gratin
5 from 28 ratings
Basque blue cheese adds tang and sharpness to bitter endive for this rich gratin.
Prep Time
Cook Time
to 6 servings
Total time: 30 minutes
  • 4 medium (14 ounces) Belgian endive, halved
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1½ cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) Bleu des Basques cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Chopped parsley, for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large baking dish, arrange the endive halves in a single layer and season with salt. Spread the mayonnaise over the endive in an even layer, then scatter the cheese over the top. Sprinkle with pepper flakes and marjoram leaves.
  2. Bake until the endive are tender and the cheese is bubbly and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Garnish with the lemon juice and chopped parsley, then serve. *This article was originally published on 03/28/2016 by Tasting Table editors. The restaurant, chef and/or recipe are in no way affiliated with or endorsing the featured sponsor.
Calories per Serving 562
Total Fat 57.3 g
Saturated Fat 14.0 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 61.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 0.4 g
Sodium 578.5 mg
Protein 9.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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