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endive salad with toasted breadcrumbs and walnuts – smitten kitchen

In the magazine, the dressing mixture of crumbs, nuts, cheese and vinaigrette is hidden below the leaves, like a surprise-inside salad. I show it this way in my photos but you can also toss the whole thing together in a bowl for more traditional salad serving, or, if making it for a party, keep the endive leaves whole and the dressing separate with a small spoon and let people heap it on to taste and eat it as finger food. I’ll be doing this very soon.

To make the fresh breadcrumbs, I go to my grocery store’s bakery section and buy one roll — whatever you want to eat;
this salad handles heartier bread such as a sourdough well. Cut off the crust, tear the bread into chunks and you’re set.

Mattos recommended 4 anchovies but I found 2 to be just right; adjust to your tastes.

To make this ahead: The dressing can be made with everything but the breadcrumbs and kept in the fridge for two days. Add the breadcrumbs closer to when you serve it.

Taleggio is a semisoft cheese with washed rind and one of my favorites; picture a firm brie.

  • 1/2 cup (55 grams or 2 ounces) raw walnuts
  • 1 cup (about 30 grams or 1 ounce) coarsely torn fresh breadcrumbs (see note)
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 anchovies, packed in oil, drained, finely chopped (see note)
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • About 1/4 cup (55 grams or 2 ounces) taleggio, into 1/2-inch pieces
  • About 1/4 cup (45 grams or 1.5 ounces) pecorino romano or parmesan, broken into 1/4 to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 endives, sliced crosswise 1-inch thick (as shown) or left in whole leaves (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar

Heat oven to 350°F. Toast walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until fragrant and slightly darker, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

Toss breadcrumbs with 1 to 2 tablespoons oil and spread on baking sheet; season with salt and bake, tossing once, until deep golden brown, anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes, so check on the early side. Let cool.

In a medium bowl, mix anchovies, garlic, red wine vinegar, and 4 tablespoons olive oil just to combine; season with salt and pepper, then add walnuts, breadcrumbs, and both types of cheese and stir to combine.

Mix endive with orange zest, orange juice, and white wine vinegar in another medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.

To serve as shown: Spread walnut dressing out on one large salad platter or individual plates. Top with endive.

To serve as finger food, with whole leaves: Pile the dressed leaves on a platter. Place the walnut dressing in a bowl with a small spoon and encourage people to spoon it onto each leaf “boat” before eating it.

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toasted pecan cake – smitten kitchen

I don’t have cup measurement for pecans or pecan meal because it’s just too inconsistent. (Every cup of nuts will weight something different depending on size and how many are broken and nut meal is even more inconsistent as you can just pack and pack it, the weight getting higher and higher.) I don’t want to mess this cake up for you with estimates. If you don’t have a scale, please simply buy 1 pound (455 grams) and do your best to estimate what removing 1/16 would look like (picture: 1/4, then 1/4 of that removed). Even if you’re a smidge off, it will still be more accurate than cups here.

If you’d like to make this cake dairy-free, just use 1/2 cup vegetable or another neutral oil.

Heat oven: To 350 degrees F. Oil or butter a 9-inch round pan and set aside. I lined mine with parchment for easier removal. While I don’t expect it to stick much if you don’t use parchment, I always think we’re better safe than sorry.

If you’re starting with whole or chopped pecans, toast them: Spread nuts in one layer on a sheet tray. Toast for 10 minutes, tossing once midway so that they cook evenly. They should smell nutty and appear one shade darker. Let them cool completely before using. You can hasten this along in the fridge or freezer.

Grind your pecans: Once they’re cool, grind the nuts with sugar and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender until finely chopped, but stop before they seem to glue together (i.e. become a nut butter). Set aside.

Brown your butter: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir occasionally, then frequently as it begins to take on color, scraping up any bits from the bottom as you do. Don’t take your eyes off the pot as while you may be impatient for it to start browning, the period between the time the butter begins to take on color and the point where it burns is often less than a minute. As soon as the butter takes on a nutty color and smell, remove from heat and pour into a large bowl to cool. You can hasten this along in the fridge or freezer, but keep an eye on it in the freezer especially, as you don’t want it solidified.

Beat egg whites: Until they form stiff peaks, but not beyond this point, when they might seem to have a dry and crumbly foam. Set them aside.

At last, assemble the cake batter: Add egg yolks and vanilla to the cooled browned butter in the large bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. Stir in pecan-sugar-salt mixture, or, if you’re starting with pecan meal/flour, stir it in along with the granulated sugar and salt. The batter will be very thick.

Add 1/3 of the whipped egg whites and stir to combine; this will help loosen the batter so it’s easier to add the remaining whites. Add the remaining egg whites and gently, carefully fold them into the pecan mixture, trying not to deflate the egg whites.

Pour into prepared cake pan and smooth top.

Bake the cake: Until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan and let finish cooling on a rack.

To finish: I swirled mine with 1 cup of heavy cream plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, softly whipped, and piled it with berries and a few chopped pecans. It could also be finished simply, with just a dusting of powdered sugar.

Do ahead: Cake keeps for 5 to 6 days in the fridge. Without cream, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but if you’d like to have it more than 3 days, I think it less prone to going bad if chilled.

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