Karine Hannah

Karine Hannah is a talented singer/songwriter who has collaborated with renowned writers and producers like Jim Steinman, Diane Warren, and Sezen Aksu.  Her signature voice and diverse albums blend pop, rock, soul, and gospel.  Karine also devotes her time to many worthy causes including breast cancer research, autism awareness, and Stop Hunger Now.  She kindly shared one of her favorite family recipes.



This is a recipe that was passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to me. My grandmother was born in Russia but moved to Brussels, Belgium when she was just an infant. She grew up with all the traditional foods of Belgium and one of my all time favorites is an amazing side dish called "Les Endive avec la sauce creme" (endives in cream sauce). Cooking them with this recipe takes away all the bitterness that normally comes with raw endives. This makes a great accompaniment to a pot roast dinner with roasted new potatoes and steamed little sweet peas.

6 endives
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of flour
1/2 cup of milk
white pepper

Cut the ends of the endive and peel the first outer leaves. Cut the endives in half and then place them in a medium size pot of water. Add a pinch of salt to water and boil.

Once the endives are boiling in the water, turn the heat off, cover the pot and let it sit for about 5 minutes or until they are tender.

Drain the endives in a colander from the boiling water and then put them back in to the same pot.

Put the heat on simmer or low and add the milk, butter, flour, salt and pepper to taste. Stir gently to coat the endives and to thicken the sauce.

You may want to add more butter, milk or flour depending on how thick and rich you want the sauce to be. I like it semi thick as it holds on nicely to the cooked endives but also flows on to the plate.

This recipe yields around 4 servings.

It's so yummy!! :)

Karine Hannah


Thanks to Karine for sharing her recipe.  If you enjoy her recipe, please volunteer your time and contribute to your local food pantry.