Entrees

Grilled Escarole

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This is spectacularly easy, quite mouthwatering, and works as both a first course before an entrée or as a side dish. Escarole is part of the chicory family and has a pleasant bitterness to it. Note that while the outer leaves of the escarole are not used in this preparation, they should not be discarded.
Ingredients:

  • 1 head escarole, outer leaves removed and saved, thoroughly washed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup pitted, crushed green olives

Instructions:

  1. Get your grill going. If you’re using charcoal, you’re looking for a not-too-hot fire (I like to think of the coals as being “soft,” which is to say they should be halfway through burning). If you’re using a gas grill, set the heat to medium. If you’re using a grill pan indoors, set it over medium-low heat.
  2. Shake the escarole dry. Cut it lengthwise straight through the core into 4 wedges. Drizzle each wedge with plenty of olive oil, about 1 1/2 tablespoons per wedge, and season aggressively with salt. Grill the wedges, turning only once, until wilted and charred in spots, about 10 minutes altogether.
  3. Transfer the escarole to a serving platter, give it a healthy drizzle
    of olive oil, and scatter the olives over the top. Serve immediately.

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