A cousin of chicory, underappreciated endive also has a slightly bitter taste. Here it is braised with sweet butter and a touch of sugar to balance out any bitterness, making it perfect served alongside a simple steak for an easy weeknight meal.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoonskosher salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoonwhite wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 medium Belgian endives (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut lengthwise and quartered
Combine all ingredients except endives in a large frying pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
Add endives to the pan in a single layer and braise, turning occasionally, until the cores just give way when pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes.
Increase heat to medium high and cook, turning occasionally, until almost all the liquid has evaporated and the endives are golden brown, about 5 to 10 minutes more.