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Endives With Ham and Mornay Sauce

Endives With Ham and Mornay Sauce

Grace and Sauce Recipe Courtesy of June d'Arville
This Belgian classic, aka Endive au Jambon Sauce Mornay, is fantastic! The endives are baked until tender, wrapped in ham, and then smothered with a delicious mornay sauce. This makes for such an elegant meal!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 3 people


  • 3 Belgian endives
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 6 slices ham

Bechamel/Mornay Sauce (Courtesy of June d'Arville)

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 handfuls grated cheese I used Gruyere
  • nutmeg
  • pepper
  • salt


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Rinse your endives. Split lengthwise, and place in a baking dish lined with foil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide 2 tablespoon of butter, and place a dab of butter on each piece of endive. Cover with parchment paper, and then bake for around 30 minutes or until tender.
    Endives With Butter
  • Once tender, wrap each endive with a slice of ham.
    Endives Wrapped in Ham
  • Prepare the bechamel/mornay sauce (recipe courtesy of June d'Arville). Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Then add the flour and whisk. Let the mixture cook for a minute. Stir regularly. Gradually add the milk and whisk constantly over medium heat. The bechamel sauce will gradually thicken. Season it with a little pepper, salt and nutmeg when you’ve added all the milk. Then add the egg yolk and stir. You should end up with a pretty runny but glossy sauce. I also add a few drops of worcester sauce (optional). PLEASE NOTE TO MAKE THIS SAUCE MORNAY, ADD THE GRUYERE AT THIS TIME. Pour the bechamel or mornay sauce (if you added gruyere) on top of the chicory rolls in the baking dish.
    Mornay Sauce
  • If you did not add Gruyere to the bechamel sauce, you can add your cheese of choice on top of the bechamel sauce. Bake the endive/chicory rolls in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 12 minutes until the cheese crust is golden. Remove the dish from the oven. Divide the rolls over plates and serve.
    Endives With Ham and Mornay Sauce


Serve this amazingly delicious and elegant dish with some crusty bread and a side salad.  Enjoy this taste of Belgium!
Keyword Endive
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