Festive + light holiday appetizers that will leave you with room for dessert! Sesame tuna tartare + lemony white bean puree are delicious on endive leaves.
Endive… the perfect holiday party snack when it’s time to start laying off the bread already. As the holiday season comes to a close, I’m starting to crave foods that are lighter and brighter.
I decided to make two of my favorite appetizers (that I love atop toasty crostini)… and serve in crispy endive leaves instead. The first is a super easy sesame tuna tartare. And because parties always need vegetarian options, the second is a lemony white bean puree.
But let’s face it, my favorite thing about skipping the bread is that I can endlessly snack away and still have room for dessert. Balance…
Special thanks to the California Endive Farms for the giant box of endive. (All opinions in this post are my own).
Festive Endive Appetizers
- 1 cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- Zest & juice of 1 lemon
- Sea salt and fresh black pepper
- A few pinches of red pepper flakes, for garnish
- Chopped chives, for garnish
- Endive, for serving
- 6 oz piece of sushi-grade tuna, salted, seared & chopped into pieces (yield ½ cup)
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ cup chopped scallions
- Sprinkling of sesame seeds, for garnish
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for searing tuna
- Endive, for serving
- Make the Lemony White Bean Puree: Place the white beans, oil, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and a few pinches of salt and pepper in a food processor and process until smooth. Chill until ready to use. Taste & adjust seasonings.
- Scoop spoonfuls of the puree into endive leaves and garnish with the chives and red pepper flakes, or serve in a small bowl with endive leaves on the side for dipping.
- Make the Sesame Tuna Tartare: Sear the tuna (optional step). Heat oil in a small pan, and when it is hot, sear the tuna for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. You want no more than ⅛ inch on both sides to turn white.
- Let the tuna cool to room temperature and chop. Mix it with the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, mustard, and scallions. Chill for at least 20 minutes, or until you’re ready to serve. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Scoop the tartare on endive leaves. Garnish with extra scallions and sesame seeds.