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Wilted Curly Endive

 Wilted Curly Endive
This warm salad is a deliciously different way to serve lettuce. Unlike other wilted versions, this one is not sweet. Vinegar and bacon give it old-fashioned savory goodness.
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 12 bacon strips, diced
  • 3 bunches curly endive
  • 4 quarts water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels
  • to drain. Reserve 3 tablespoons drippings. Cut or tear endive from
  • center stalk; discard stalks.
  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, bring water and 1-1/2 teaspoons
  • salt to a boil. Add endive; cover and cook for 3 minutes or until
  • wilted. Drain. Stir in the bacon, vinegar, onion, pepper, reserved
  • drippings and remaining salt. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1/2 cup) equals 256 calories, 26 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 1,216 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 4 g protein.