BLT Endive Bites–an unique twist on the BLT–a simple appetizer with little crisp salad bites ready to pop into your mouth. Delicious for any party!

BLT bites on endive

Endive lettuce is one of my favorite ingredients for a really quick appetizer. And if you have goat cheese, Boursin cheese or cream cheese, then you’re golden! Today I’m sharing a delicious BLT Endive Bites Appetizer, and a little story about “contentment.”

[Warmer connections come not when we’re constantly re-doing and looking for “more.” But warmer connections come when we are content with what we have, who we are, and using it all for good! … keep scrolling!]

BLT Endive Bites Appetizer

These little BLT bites (think bacon, lettuce, and tomato), are elegant, and always a great addition to any charcuterie board or cheese plate!

BLT Endive Bites with cheese and heirloom tomatoes

What is endive?

Endive is found next to the lettuce in the grocery store, although it’s not really a lettuce (although it grows the same way). You pull the little scoop-shaped leaves off and fill them with your favorite toppings.

Is endive a lettuce?

Endive’s leaves are canoe-shaped. The fresh, crispy leaves are similar to chicory, radicchio and the Belgian endive. It’s is a cool weather crop like lettuce!

close up BLT Endive Bites

Ingredients for BLT endive appetizer

  • Cooked bacon
  • Chives
  • Goat cheese
  • Belgian endives
  • Heirloom tomato

platter of BLT Endive Bites

What does endive taste like?

Endive is crisp and slightly bitter when eaten raw. The texture is tender and crunchy, and so good. If you cook endive, it’s almost sweet, with a nutty flavor.

Popular endive recipes on my blog

Here are a list of endive recipes you must try!

Walnut Endive Appetizer

Endive with Strawberry Mint Honey Recipe

Smoked Salmon Endive Boats

These little salad bites are easy to eat and I love how they come together in less than 10 minutes!

BLT Endive Bites with heirloom tomatoes

How to make a BLT Endive Appetizer

  1. Remove the leaves from each small head of endive. Be careful; the leaves are elegant and can break easily. Lay them on a plate or platter.
  2. Combine the bacon, chives, and goat cheese.
  3. Using a spoon, fill each endive with goat cheese filling.
  4. When all the endives are filled, arrange on a platter and top with the heirloom tomato and fresh cracked pepper.

living room with gas modern stove

We brought a plate of this easy appetizer to a party recently, and I looked around the home I was in.

It reminded me of this piece I wrote over ten years ago, and I still remember the moment, walking into this home …

How to find contentment?

Warmer connections come not when we’re constantly re-doing and looking for “more,” but when we have a deep sense of contentment.

My husband and I walked up the pathway to knock on the door of a beautiful home in old East Medford, in southern Oregon.

We heard the laughter in the backyard, and saw through the window people mingling in the back of the house. So we walked in …(we were invited to this house for a party).

Those warmer connections come the minute you walk into a home. I know, because I felt it. And the hostess wasn’t even there to greet us, because everyone was out back.

As I glanced around at the cozy furniture, warn and comfy, the pictures that lined the walls saying “family,” the grand piano in the corner, the old hardwood floors, I thought to myself: Contentment.

I’m not sure how to explain the way I felt, except when the hostess walked around the corner to greet us, with very little make-up on, striking red hair in her 60s, with red-lined lips and a killer smile, it came to me again: Contentment.

We were attending my friend’s 65th birthday party. My husband and I (in our late 40s at the time) were surrounded by people 20+ years older than us. But these women all had a “calm” to them.

I think they’d been where most of us are today, and were now more mature. They know what counts, what matters, who they are, and they’re not distracted by discontentment.

platter of BLT Endive Bites with heirloom tomatoes

The trend that brings contentment

Discontentment. Not being happy with what you have, or who you are.

A joy-buster to hospitality; a robber of friendships; a distraction and a time-waster.

It (discontentment) sometimes drives a wedge between ourselves and our husbands, and it’s a stealer of who we can be to our families and others.

This gorgeous red-haired woman has had the same furniture in her house for 30+ years, and the sense of family history just contributed to the contentedness of the atmosphere.

Even though I didn’t know her well, I told her how much I loved her house. That it was so homey and comfortable … and very classy. She then proceeded to tell me that years ago, they bought their house for their kids. Many of their other friends were buying and building “up on the hill,” but they wanted to be close to schools, town … they didn’t want flashy. They wanted simple and easy.

I’m sure she had many opportunities to “re-do” or “re-design” her house, or to jump on board with the latest and the greatest.

And yet, you felt “pure class” when you walked through their front door.

I think she figured it out early in life. She knew who she was. She knew what was important to her.

She knew how to follow the trend—her trend. A trend that brings peace of mind, choosing your own style, using what you have, incorporating family, not keeping up with The Joneses.

The trend that brings contentment.

Warmer connections come not when we’re constantly re-doing and looking for “more.” But warmer connections come when we are content with what we have, who we are, and using it all for good!

BLT Endive Bites with heirloom tomatoes
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BLT Endive Bites Appetizer

Ingredients

  • 5 strips cooked bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c chives, finely chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, softened
  • 2-3 Belgian endives, leaves removed
  • 1 small heirloom tomato, cut into small pieces

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the bacon, chives, and goat cheese
  • Using a spoon, fill each endive with about 1 tablespoon of the goat cheese filling. When all the endives are filled, arrange on a platter and top with the heirloom tomato and fresh cracked pepper.
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BLT Endive Appetizer with heirloom tomatoes

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