Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Raspberry Asparagus Endives with Candied Pecans


Remember the other day when I told you about that fun Monday play-date filled with gingerbread people making, yummy snacks, silly kids, and fun mummies? Here's the quick and easy snack I served. Are you thinking this looks complicated and fancy? Not kid food? Well, my sweet friends, this is a simple 5 ingredient recipe. Kids love this asparagus because it's sweet and tastes like raspberries. My friends Holley and Ronda make a similar raspberry asparagus side dish that is incredibly delicious. Here I've turned it into finger food and simplified things by replacing the raspberry sauce with store-bought raspberry vinaigrette. 

Wouldn't these make beautiful fresh New Year's Eve hors d'oeuvres?


Raspberry Asparagus Endive Boats
printer friendly recipe

makes about 15

2 Endives
1 bunch asparagus
2 Tablespoons raspberry vinaigrette
1 1/2 pint fresh raspberries 
1/2 cup candied pecans, chopped

Trim one inch off the bottoms of the endives. Separate, rinse, and dry leaves.
Trim tough bottoms off asparagus and discard. Cut asparagus into approximately 2.5" pieces.
In a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat, heat one tablespoon olive oil. Add asparagus and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook just until tender crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in raspberry vinaigrette and remove from heat. Place asparagus in a bowl and cool completely in refrigerator. Carefully fold in raspberries and place raspberry asparagus mixture into endives. Sprinkle with pecans.

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49 comments:

  1. YES. THEY. WOULD. MY. LANDS.

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  2. These look delicious! A perfect festive appetizer for any holiday party!

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  3. I love this appetizer because it's healthy so you won't feel so guilty eating a few, plus your getting some veggies in at the same time. My son loves raspberry vinaigrette on his spinach so he would definitely be a fan of this.

    The colors are also amazing and festive and remind me of your cranberry brie bites!

    Jackie :)

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  4. What a delicious and healthy looking little snack! I am always so impressed with the delicious things that you come up with.

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  5. I am starving right now. What was I thinking clicking this post? This is amazing. The recipe and the pics.

    I'm going to like it here!

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  6. These look so pretty and yummy, thanks for the recipe!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com

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  7. Love this! I make an asparagus dish with raspberries and pecans each year. This year I have to try this fancy presentation. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. This is such a fresh and tasty idea! I absolutely adore this :)

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  9. GORGEOUS as usual! You blow me away

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  10. Beautiful...and so festive looking!

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  11. i love aparagus specially now winter is here. but i never eat with raspberry... i should try this i'm sure i would love it :)

    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  12. I LOVE the colors! So pretty!

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  13. Whoa, love this!! I'm so making this tomorrow!

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  14. That looks beautiful! I bought each of those ingredients (except the endive) yesterday and put them all in a romain salad..yum!

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  15. How beautful! I love this little appetizer, perfect for a holiday color and having the red and green combinations in colors is genius!

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  16. Comments like what you left me will earn brownie points really fast! ;) I wanted to reply directly to you, but your email is not linked to your profile. :(

    You are so sweet. Can I sound like a dork (haha! My iPhone thought I wanted to write "fork"...very appropriate) and say... My heart skipped a little beat when I read it and that you're following my blog. Seriously. I did an invisible happy dance. Lol. I take that as I giant compliment....'cuz you're kind of spectacular! ;)

    Total side note: what do you shoot with...what lens? (Probably the one on my wish list. ;)

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  17. Molly2:32 PM

    pretty please can I come to your play dates?

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  18. oh these look sooooo good. i love it when a healthy recipe is so darn beautiful too.

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  19. stop it! I can't stand it anymore, every post is just pure gorgeousness! These look so amazing and yummy!

    Heather

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  20. These look amazing!

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  21. I would never have thought to put these together! Sounds and looks incredible!

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  22. Marina, these are just the most elegant appetizers! they are perfect for the holidays with their jewel colors. Delicious and gorgeous.

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  23. These look delicious! :) YUM!

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  24. Superb for the festive season. I luv photographing raspberries as much as I luv eating them. Gr8 recipe and lovely presentation

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  25. This looks wonderful, so nice to me you I have just found your lovely blog, so happy I did you have so much here thank you for sharing. I'm now following to I can visit often hope you find a minute to visit me sometime follow back if you like nice to meet new friends. Have a great day.
    Always Wendy

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  26. How pretty!! You never cease to amaze me with your dishes, these are beautiful! :)

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  27. So simple and sooooo beautiful. Your photography is gorg, Marina!

    I'm hosting the Christmas Tree theme of a Blogging Around the Christmas Tree linky party tomorrow and would love for you to stop by and share your tree!

    Oh, and I'm your newest follower!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  28. Anonymous12:45 PM

    I'm going to make this for our New Year's Eve party. I needed another easy pretty recipe and knew you would have one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  29. Marina, your blog is beautiful! I'm following from bloggy moms, and thank you for entering my contest :) I absolutely love your photography.

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  30. Gorgeous presentation!

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  31. LOVE your blog! Might just have to serve these for my party tomorrow! Thanx for all your wonderful recipes, will definitely be trying them :)

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  32. What a wonderful presentation, pleasing in every sense and healthy. I had some time to cruise around your blog and saw so many things I liked. I share your passion for canning jars, I use them for so many things. Love their durability, and simple, practical elegance. Your recipe for s'mores is amazing, I can't wait to try it! Happy Holidays, xo ebh

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  33. absolutely breathtakingly fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Hello there. I just love your blog so I have passed the Kreativ Blog Award on to you. You can pick it up at my blog. There are a few requirements, but easy to do.

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  35. So gorgeous and elegant!~

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  36. Healthful yet scrumptious - I'm loving! I hope you don't mind but I'm so inspired I've included this post in my Friday Food Fetish roundup. Thanks for sharing and MOAR please :)

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  37. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Hi, I'm having some ladies and kids over to make gingerbread houses on Sunday and making this. Thank you!

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  38. Hi Marina! These look so pretty and very yummy...

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  39. i giggle because i'm having a cocoa bar tomorrow night and i thought i was all fancy. and then i come here and i am always floored by the amazing food you post!

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  40. YUM! This sounds perfect

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  41. I am just speechless here. These are brilliant. You are a goddess Marina!

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  42. Submitted this one to stumble for you. It needed to be shared immediately. Lol!

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  43. These are lovely! They are almost too pretty to eat!

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  44. I am new to your blog site and already in love with it. I love how pretty and elegant your dishes are. You are truly talented. Thank you for sharing this.

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  45. I love how this recipe not only contains 5 simple ingredients, but also that the finished product is so pretty and colorful! Great idea.

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  46. oh my goodness!! THIS I am making!! What an incredibly combination! Who would've thought?!

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  47. I love how you think outside the box and make gorgeous scrumptious combinations. You inspire me.

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  48. these are so festive but healthy at the same time! great photos, and lovely presentation, marina. hope you have a happy holidays!
    jasmine

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  49. Marina, can you make the asparagus a day ahead?

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