yield: Makes 5 servings
active time: 30 min
total time: 45 min
Anchovy and red pepper flakes balance the bitterness of the escarole, giving it a sweetness that goes well with robust flavors.
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- 2 heads of escarole, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
- 2-3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
- Half of a (2-oz) can anchovy fillets in olive oil, drained, patted dry, and chopped
Wash escarole well in a sinkful of water, then lift out and drain. Cook escarole in a 4-6quart heavy pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 10 minutes, then drain in a colander.
Heat oil in same pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 1 minute. Add anchovies, then reduce heat to moderate and cook, stirring, until dissolved, about 1 minute. Add escarole, stirring to coat with oil, then increase heat to moderately high and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until escarole is tender and most of liquid is evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Season lightly with salt.
Spoon onto a platter and drizzle with oil to taste.
Cooks' note: Escarole can be sautéed (but not drizzled with oil) 1 day ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Reheat in a large pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until hot.
Adapted from epicurious.com