The easiest healthy appetizer! Just an endive leaf with cream cheese, red pepper jelly, and smokey almonds. A light and crunchy appetizer to combat all the carb-heavy food this season. 

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

The other day Eric and I sat down with our bowls of ice cream to Netflix for a while. I got full before I finished my ice cream and–GET THIS–are you ready? I didn’t finish it. I felt so healthy and pleased with myself for not overeating.

That lasted about 5 minutes, until I got up and stepped full-foot directly on my ice cream that I had set on the floor below the couch. Lesson learned you guys. Lesson learned. Never don’t eat your ice cream.

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

I’ve found that eating healthier normal stuff is the best way to fit more ice cream into your balanced lifestyle. It’s all about priorities, guys.

These little endive bites are perfect! Just 4 ingredients and super easy to throw together. You could eat them as an afternoon snack, bring them as an appetizer for your next holiday party, or make them for your next game-day to combat the cheesy-carb overload. Sometimes it’s nice to have something light and crunchy in between bites of Mozzarella Stuffed Soft Pretzels and Cheesy Bacon Ranch Puffs.

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

Have you guys ever had Belgian endive? (On-deev) I’d never bought it before, although I’ve had it in restaurants. Eric made a midnight run to the grocery store for me (because buying Belgian endive in the middle of the night is TOTALLY NORMAL.) He found the very last one on the shelf:

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

It’s kind of adorable, right? So tiny. It is crisp and crunchy and mildly bitter, which pairs perfectly with creamy cheese and sweet spicy jelly.

If you can’t find any (make sure you ask the produce people!) you could sub small romaine hearts, or other crunchy greens that will hold their shape. (Radiccio maybe?) Or sliced cucumber or celery might be good too.

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites from The Food Charlatan

Just don’t skip the Smokehouse Almonds!! They seriously pack a punch. I can eat a whole can of those babies.

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Smokey Almond Cream Cheese Endive Bites

Serves Makes 10 bites     adjust servings


  • 1 head Belgian endive
  • 4-5 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 4-5 tablespoons red pepper jelly
  • 1/3 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, chopped


  1. Chop off the end of the endive and separate all the leaves.
  2. Smear a bit of cream cheese on each leaf.
  3. Spoon a bit of red pepper jelly on the cream cheese.
  4. Sprinkle with chopped almonds and serve.
  5. These are great make ahead appetizers. You can assemble them a few hours in advance and either refrigerate or leave out at room temperature. Wait to sprinkle the almonds until last minute though, otherwise they won't be crunchy.


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