February 23, 2015 by Fromagerie Rang 9
  • 4 portions

  • 30 Min.


  • 4 small white endives heads
  • 12 slices of Black Forest ham or regular ham
  • 170 g of Le Mamirolle, grated, without the crust
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp.) butter
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp.) flour
  • 500 ml (2 cups) milk
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 ml (½ tsp.) salted herbs
  • Half the cheese, grated

Step 1: Preparing the Endive Heads

Cut the endive heads at the base with a knife before washing. Boil in salted water with lemon juice (about half a lemon’s worth), for 8 to 10 minutes. Once cooked, dry in absorbent paper towel.

Step 2: Preparing the Le Mamirolle Béchamel Sauce

Prepare a roux with the butter and flour. Add boiling milk, salted herbs and nutmeg as you whisk. Add the cheese, and mix until it has completely melted. Conserve the sauce by covering the bowl in plastic wrap; this will keep the sauce warm and prevent it from developing a skin on the surface.

Step 3: Assembling and Baking the Gratin

Butter up a Pyrex-like oven-proof baking pan and preheat the oven to 190 °C (375 °F). Roll the endives into the ham slices and place them in the baking dish. Pour the sauce over the top, and finish off by sprinkling the remaining grated cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is clearly melted and sufficiently golden.

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