I'm Marcy Lautanen-Raleigh growing herbs is a passion I've had for more than 20 years now. The Backyard Patch is my own herb business started in 1995. I specialize in fresh, amazing, organic blended herbs. Those for cooking, tea and bath -- and they are all home-grown and hand-blended. In the last 20 years I have gained a knowledge of herbs and their flavors that I share here.
Esarole is a great summer green. You can use it as a substitute for bibb letuce and red lettuce. I like it because it makes a wilted green dish like lettuce never can.
Try this so you see what I mean:
2 heads escarole, chopped
1 Tbls. Olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
Salt & pepper
1 8 to 10 ounce can cannellini beans
1 Tbls. capers
Heat extra virgin olive oil in
12-in. skillet on medium. Add garlic, finely chopped, and 14 tsp. crushed red
pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring. Add escarole, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and
pepper; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until wilted, stirring and tossing.
Stir in cannellini beans rinsed
and drained, and capers, drained and chopped.
Cook 2 minutes.
Serve as a side or on baguette
slices as an appetizer.