Sautéed Escarole

Sautéed Escarole

Serves 4
Italians incorporate an abundance of vegetables into their diet. This is a very typical and simple preparation of a traditional Campanese vegetable, escarole. Serve as a side vegetable with your favorite entrée; goes great with fish, beef or pasta with a hearty tomato sauce.
  • 2 heads escarole, about 1 3/4 lbs
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, paper-thin slices or minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (coarse sea salt is preferable)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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To prepare escarole, cut out core of each head, then cut leaves into bite-sized pieces. Rinse leaves several times in cold water until all dirt has been rinsed off. Drain escarole of as much liquid as possible prior to sautéing. Combine olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper in a large sauté or frying pan and heat together over medium heat until the garlic begins to lightly brown (approximately 5 minutes). Be very careful not to burn garlic as it will turn bitter.

Once garlic has browned, increase the heat and add drained escarole leaves and sauté, turning frequently with a pair of tongs. This step can be done in batches if necessary. Cover the pan for a few minutes so that escarole can braise in its own liquid and lose some of its bitterness. Uncover and let liquid evaporate. Escarole is finished once it is tender (approximately 5 to 6 minutes). Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving platter.

Hint, if additional liquid accumulates in the dish as it sits, drain it prior to serving. Serve immediately or at room temperature.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 140 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 650mg sodium, 10g carbohydrates, (8 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 3g protein.
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