Endive Spears with Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit


Crab or shrimp may be substituted for the lobster in this party-ready hors d'oeuvre.


  • 1 pink grapefruit, peel and pith removed

  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3 ounces cooked lobster meat

  • 4 heads Belgian endive (about 8 ounces)

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon


  1. Using a small paring knife, remove sections from grapefruit. If sections are too large, cut in half crosswise. Set aside.

  2. Slice avocado into 1/8-inch-thick slices; cut slices into 1-inch lengths. Toss in bowl with lemon juice, and set aside.

  3. Cut lobster into bite-size pieces; set aside.

  4. Trim bottoms from endives; separate spears. Place a grapefruit section on top of each endive spear. Top with piece of avocado, then a piece of lobster. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with tarragon. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

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