Blooming Endive Appetizer with Goat Cheese, Cranberries & Pistachios

When it comes to planning for the holidays, getting the menu together is one of the most important parts. You want your family and friends to enjoy a delicious, warm and hearty meal that sparks happiness, fullness and inspires good conversation. You also want to create a welcoming ambiance that encourages your guests to relax and be spoiled (by your amazing and creative cooking, of course!) 😉


This is exactly what my mom (aka master holiday entertainer, chef and decorator) does each Christmas. This recipe is fully credited to her – Josephine Czochanski – and the above images are just my recreation of it! I know for a fact that when guests walk into my house for a holiday gathering, where there’s light music playing in the background (preferably Michael Buble) and they start to nibble on this simple yet decadent appetizer in between sips of Chardonnay, that all is right in the world and we’ve kicked off the holiday on an inarguably wonderful note.

So if you’re hosting a holiday this year, have been chosen to bring an appetizer to a relative’s house or simply want to spoil your friends, family (and yourself), whip up this incredible dish. In just a few minutes with a handful of ingredients, you can create this fancy platter as well!


Blooming Endives with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Pistachios

Prep Time: 10 minutes        Cook Time: 0 minutes        Total Time: 10 minutes

Let’s Get Started:

About 20 endive leaves
Handful of cranberries
Handful of pistachios
1/2 cup of goat cheese
Balsamic Glaze

Let’s Get Cookin’:

Arrange endive leaves in a floral shape, leaving space in the middle. Scoop goat cheese into the center of the arrangement. Toss pistachios and cranberries across endive leaves and goat cheese. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

Let’s Get Creative:

This pretty recipe could of course be revamped with some additional ingredients! Toss on a handful of walnuts and a drizzle of honey for additional flavors.

Stay Classy! xx

P.S. How cute is the snow on my site right now!? 🙂