Belgian Endive Boats with Smoked Salmon
◔ Makes as many as you like. For a large party, start with about 10 endives.
⧖ 30 minutes or so, less if you can sucker someone else into squeezing the cheese into the boats.
equal parts mayonnaise and cream cheese
handful of chives
Get a bunch of Belgian endive, cut the bases off and make a bunch of little boats out of the leaves.
In a mini food processor, mix a handful of chives and equal parts mayonnaise and cream cheese until they're totally blended.
Put the mix into a zip-loc bag and cut one corner off, so you can squeeze little dollops into the endive boats.
Now put a piece of smoked salmon on top of each one.
Don't like chives? Use basil or dill.
Serving vegetarian friends? Replace the salmon with roasted red pepper.
You may have a lot of leftover endive leaves because some are a little bit torn, or kind of brown. Chop them up and make them into a salad. You should totally eat a salad right before having people over for cocktails anyway.
You don't need as much of the cream cheese mixture as you think you do, but don't worry about it. The leftover makes a nice sandwich spread or salad dressing.