Mom’s Sauteed Escarole is flavored with only 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper) and makes a yummy vegetable side dish in 15 minutes to compliment any meat or seafood entree. Sauteed with garlic, olive oil, kalamata olives and capers, mom’s sauteed escarole becomes a delicious and seasonal dish that goes with practically anything!
Escarole, as we know it is widely used in soups and salads but when you simply saute it with a few extra ingredients like our mom prepared it, this vegetable becomes very flavorful and most delicious!
This healthy green vegetable is not only rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, but it’s relatively cheap and easy to prepare. Like Swiss chard, escarole cook’s up quickly and in a matter of minutes until it wilts and becomes tender. It not only sautes quickly, it reheats well too.
The only prep work needed for escarole is cleaning it thoroughly and then coarsely chopping it. Escarole is usually very sandy and gritty and needs to be rinsed a few times before it’s ready to use. Then let it drain in a colander.
Here’s a great tip: When I submerge chopped escarole in a bowl of water, I sprinkle some salt over it, which helps pull down all the gritty sand to the bottom of the bowl and helps speed up the washing process.
Keep in mind, escarole usually wilts to practically nothing, so don’t be afraid to add mounds of it in to the pan while cooking. All it takes is a quick saute with olive oil and some garlic.
While it’s cooking, toss in some kalamata olives and capers into the pan and continue to cook for a few minutes more until escarole is tender. Then taste and season with salt and pepper and it’s done!
Also with mom’s sauteed escarole, it’s a matter of preference, you can add as much or as little olives and capers to her recipe.
This recipe for mom’s sauteed escarole is very simple and fast.
Delicious and tasty, Mom’s Sauteed Escarole makes enough for a family of 4 or larger. One head of escarole is enough for 2 people. When looking for escarole at the supermarket, it’s a large leafy green vegetable, usually the size of a big romaine lettuce.
Sauteed Escarole goes great with fried foods as a side dish, and it even pairs well with some of these main dishes:
You can be adventurous and try serving it on flat bread, or serve as an appetizer on crusty Italian bread like a bruschetta.
Either way, if you haven’t had sauteed escarole, you’ll have to try it!
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