A Cozy Delight for Autumn Evenings: Chicons au Gratin

December 11, 2023

As we bid farewell to the vibrant hues of autumn and prepare for the serene embrace of winter, what better way to enjoy the seasonal transition than with a comforting and delicious dish? Today, we're delighted to share with you a timeless Belgian favorite - Chicons au Gratin. This dish, with its tender endives wrapped in savory ham, blanketed in a luxurious cheese sauce, and baked to a delightful golden brown, is a perfect meal for these cooler evenings.


  • 4 large Belgian endives
  • 8 slices of ham
  • 200g grated cheese (Gruyère or a similar variety)
  • 50g butter
  • 50g flour
  • 500ml milk
  • Nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Prepare the Endives: Trim the endives and cook them in boiling water for about 10 minutes until they're tender. Drain well.
  3. Wrap with Ham: Wrap each endive in a slice of ham and place them in a buttered baking dish.
  4. Make the Cheese Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour to form a roux. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens. Add half of the cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  5. Assemble and Bake: Pour the sauce over the wrapped endives. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Let it cool for a few minutes before serving. This dish pairs wonderfully with a crisp, dry white wine.

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