Sauteed Escarole "Agrodolce"

Escarole cooked in a slightly spicy, sweet and sour sauce.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4
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3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup dried currants

3 tablespoons pine nuts

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch red pepper flakes

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 pound escarole, roughly chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pour the vinegar over the currants in a small bowl and let sit until the currants are plump, at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, shaking the skillet occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Combine the oil, red pepper flakes and garlic in a cold, large high-sided skillet. Set the skillet over medium heat and allow the oil to warm, spreading the garlic over the pan, about 2 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the escarole in batches. Add 1/4 cup water and the currant-vinegar mixture. Toss to coat and season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the toasted pine nuts.
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