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Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

This Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce features ground lamb sauteed with fresh spinach atop a petite Endive cup. It’s then topped with crumbled goat cheese and a sweet & salty cherry balsamic sauce!

Lamb Endive with 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}  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! 🙂

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.  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. 🙂 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

How to Make Lamb Endives with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

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!

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Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: About 20 endive appetizers 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Belgian

Description

This Lamb Endive with Cherry Balsamic Sauce features ground lamb sauteed with fresh spinach atop a petite Endive cup. It’s then topped with crumbled goat cheese and a sweet & salty cherry balsamic sauce!


Ingredients

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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.

Keywords: endive recipe, lamb recipe, ground lamb recipe, easy appetizer recipe, easy appetizer for party, easy appetizer finger foods, easy appetizer for a crowd, healthy appetizer

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