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Sauteed Escarole with Fried Shallots

Escarole, a juicy member of the chicory family, is popular in southern Italy. Like other pot greens, it's at its best in winter.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2012


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 small shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds escarole, thinly sliced, washed, drained, and spun dry


  1. Heat 1/4 inch vegetable oil in a small saute pan over medium heat until shimmering. Working in 3 batches, fry shallots, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

  2. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Add red-pepper flakes to pan, and cook 15 seconds. Fill pan with escarole, and cook, carefully stirring and adding more escarole, a handful at a time, as space allows. Once all of the escarole is in the pan, season with remaining teaspoon salt, and stir just until escarole begins to wilt and turn a vibrant green. Remove from heat, transfer to a serving dish, and top with fried shallots.

Cook's Notes

Shallots can be fried up to 2 days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

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