Friday, March 21, 2008
In search of escarole...
OK, now I "get" escarole. With two bunches to deal with, I had to find something to try. I stumbled across a recipe for Escarole with Capers and White Beans in a newly acquired cookbook Veganomicon (see page 107). The recipe is extremely easy and makes quick use of a lot of escarole.
Saute a small handful of chopped garlic in some olive oil. Add red pepper flakes and coarsely chopped escarole -- saute till wilted. Add beans (we used chickpeas), capers and some brine -- heat through. We served over whole wheat pasta with a side of baked carrot fries, but this would be fantastic over brown rice or stirred into a simple Parmesan risotto.
Not being a big fan of salads, the lesson for me is that lettuces are really just greens and can be cooked. I need to remember this when the wave of romaine hits later this year...
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That escarole recipe sounds great! I'll have to give that a try...ReplyDelete
For the cabbage I really recommend Andy's Favorite Cabbage. I made that tonight and it was really excellent. One enhancement that I think would be worth trying would be to top it with some whole peanuts.