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Wilted Escarole with Garlic, Lemon and Oil

Wilted Escarole with Garlic, Lemon and Oil


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 4 turns of the pan

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste, (eyeball it)

  • 6 anchovy fillets, chopped

  • Couple pinches red pepper flakes

  • 2 heads escarole, trimmed, rinsed, and dried

  • 1 lemon, juiced


Heat the EVOO in a deep skillet over medium-low heat with garlic and anchovy. Cook together 3-4 minutes to infuse garlic into oil. Remove the garlic cloves and stir oil to mix in the melted anchovies and add the red pepper flakes. Raise heat to medium-high. When oil ripples or begins to waft smoke, add greens and stir fry them 2-3 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over the greens, toss, and serve.