Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce #MysteryDish

Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce #appetizer #lamb #endive #balsamic

Ground Lamb sauteed with fresh Spinach served on a petite Endive cup topped with crumbled Goat Cheese and a sweet & salty Cherry Balsamic Sauce.

Happy Monday folks and welcome to another addition of MYSTERY DISH! {ok, that kind of felt like a game show announcer} Anywho, welcome!

For those of you who are new to Mystery Dish here is a quick run down. There are 12 bloggers in this group, each month, one of us “hosts” the Mystery Dish ingredients for that month. {meaning we pick the ingredients the other bloggers have to use to cook with}Β  Once the ingredients are given we have until the end of the month to come up with a dish before we show them to YOU! πŸ™‚

Last month with Mystery Dish we had some great fall inspired dishes, so if you haven’t taken a look you totally should.

Roasted Acorn Squash #mysterydish #acornsquash #sidedishes

The host this month is…. ME! {evil laugh.. maauhhhaaaa} Ok, so I have a confession. Sometimes when its my turn to pick something for other people to do I tend to be a little mean.Β  Like when I was coaching volleyball, I would make the girls do crazy hard drills or tons of sprints just to see how they would handle it. I know, mean right. But sometimes it surprises you the things you can do that you never thought you could when you are pushed or brought out of your comfort zone. So, with that being said the ingredients for this month are:

  • Lamb {rack, leg, shoulder, ground, etc.}
  • Apple
  • Butternut Squash
  • Puff Pastry
  • Frosted Flakes
  • Goat Cheese
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Spinach
  • Coriander

Fun right! Well, you had to use at least 3 of these items in your dish. πŸ™‚ Which ones would you choose? What would you make with these ingredients? Would you stay safe or have some fun and try something totally crazy?

Well, I was the later. I mean cherry pie filling in a savory dish? Common! This month I used Lamb, Goat Cheese, Cherry Pie Filling, and Spinach. There are so many different flavors competing in this dish but surprisingly they all work together to form one cohesive unit. The goat in this dish was the thing that bonded everything together! This Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce was was amazing and a great holiday appetizer to serve to family, plus it just looks fancy! hehe

To get started, put 1 cup of cherry pie filling, 2 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Put sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. In the meantime, heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 diced small onion. Saute until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.

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Next, add 1 minced garlic clove, 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Saute for 30 seconds and add 1 lb. of ground lamb. Saute until there is no more pink and lamb is cooked. {approximately 5-7 minutes}

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Add 5 oz. of fresh spinach to lamb mixture. Stirring for 2-3 minutes until spinach wilts.

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Serve ground lamb mixture on endive cups with crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of the cherry balsamic sauce!

Lamb Endives with Cherry Balsamic Sauce #appetizer #lamb #endive #balsamic

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Lamb Endives with Cherry Balsamic Sauce #appetizer #lamb #endive #balsamic

Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce #MysteryDish

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: makes approximately 20 endive appetizers

Ingredients

Ground Lamb Filling:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 5 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1 lb. ground lamb

Cherry Balsamic Sauce:

  • 1 cup of cherry pie filling
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper

Other:

  • 4 oz. of goat cheese
  • 2 bunch of endives

Instructions

  1. Put cherry pie filling, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Put sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In the meantime, heat a large saute pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil and diced onion. Saute until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Next, add minced garlic clove, chopped fresh thyme, salt, and pepper. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add ground lamb. Saute until there is no more pink and lamb is cooked. {approximately 5-7 minutes}
  6. Add fresh spinach to lamb mixture. Stirring for 2-3 minutes until spinach wilts.
  7. Serve ground lamb mixture on endive cups with crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of the cherry balsamic sauce.

 

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26 Responses
  1. Not mean…just lovingly pushing the food boundaries. In a somewhat heart-attack-inducing manner with the limited time to create.
    You could be the Joe Bastianich of our little challenge! But with more hair and much nicer. I mean, you did force some of us to finally embrace the gift that is puff pastry. Thus, redeeming yourself of any cruelty with your ingredient choices.

    1. haha.. you crack me up! Nice way of putting it and hopefully no heart-attacks were induced. πŸ™‚

      I still need to try and embrace that puff pastry, it sounds like buttery goodness and after seeing all those dishes, yeah…. basically need to try it! Thanks for putting this whole group together Dani, it has been a blast!

    1. Thanks Sherri, it was my first time using them. You are right, perfectly shaped to hold all the delicious goodness inside. And that Cherry Balsamic sauce… yum! Thanks so much for stopping by and showing some love. πŸ™‚

  2. Um, WOW. This sounds like a winner, Krista! So many yummy flavors together!! You definitely were tough on us this month but I loved it. It’s nice to get a little push in the booty every now and again. I’d never used puff pastry before and I’d definitely never made anything with Frosted Flakes! Thanks for pushing us out of our box this month! Pinning this now!!

    1. Thanks Jen, I was a little nervous of how it would turn out. Things always sound better in your head, but this one turned out awesome! All the flavors worked perfectly together! πŸ™‚

      I’m glad you had fun this month, I wanted to “up the anty” a little bit. πŸ™‚ It was so fun and I couldn’t wait to see what everyone came up with, and almost everyone use that puff pastry. I still haven’t used it yet, guess I need to follow suit with you girls and try it out. All those dishes sounded amazing! πŸ™‚ LOVED your dish, so looks like something I would eat. Thanks for the pin!

  3. What a fun thing to try, although I’m not that creative with my cooking yet. That dish looks really yummy too, not sure about the pie filling part but I’m down with the rest!

    1. haha.. thats the part I wasn’t sure of either Betsy. But the balsamic kinda tamed all that sweetness! It was delicious and went perfectly with the unique flavor of the lamb and creaminess from the goat cheese. πŸ™‚ You can so do it, just start experimenting. Its fun! πŸ™‚

  4. These look look wonderful Krista, I love how creative you got with the ingredients. I am a big fan of crispy endives and these appetizers would be a great hit for any gathering! Pinning and hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Kelly! It was actually my first time using AND eating endives. The bitterness of them worked perfectly with the sweet from the cherry pie filling and creamy from the goat cheese. Can’t wait to serve these at our next party! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pin Kelly!

    1. You are so not a wimp! You are adventures and creative, don’t sell yourself short! Always love your dishes girl! Thanks on the foodie props, chica, always appreciate that! πŸ™‚

    1. Lamb’s your favorite meat, um.. you so need to share some of your dishes! πŸ™‚ I really want to try a rack of lamb for my next attempt at lamb. This was my first time making it. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by girl, your so sweet!

  5. Love this game! I have no idea what I’d pick though. I think my mood would change with each game…sometimes safe and sometimes bold. What I do know is that I love these little endive appetizers! They look so yummy and are sure to be a crowd pleaser. πŸ™‚

    1. Ok, first off, love that you teach a cooking class. I wish I was in the area so I could take it. How fun! I hope you enjoy it when you make it and that your students have fun experimenting with new flavors.

  6. Thanks so much for having me this month!

    I love that you used lamb and really went beyond with the ingredients! I`m not much of a cook and stayed away from the savory ingredients, LOL! But, I totally love these. They remind me of lettuce wraps.

    1. We loved you joining in this month! πŸ™‚

      I always end up going the savory route instead of sweet, its my go to. Love that you thought of lettuce wraps, that was my inspiration! Next month I’m gonna have to try sweet route! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Lynna!

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