Friday, February 19, 2010

Italian Escarole & Beans with Crusty Italian Bread a few different ways!



Greens and Beans, Scadahl and Beans, Escarole and Beans, could be thick, or like soup. Just beans, over bread, or both.

                                 Whatever way grandma made this we ate it up...and loved it.



She called it depression food, inexpensive and fed many! Sometimes she fed the whole block, no kidding!



Poured over bread, the oil and garlic soaked up the bread and this was a delicious Italian Speciality! Mom made soup and this was an awesome change of pace on cold winter days, rib sticking foods.



Grandma was from Rome ,Italy and made a thick style escarole greens and beans over crusty Italian bread, just omitting the broth. Mom came from Bari, made this like a soup rich with chicken broth and my Dad's father came from Casserta and they liked just plain garlic seasoned beans over hard crusty bread, normally hard as a rock bread! So we had our fill of this many ways. I love every kinds of beans, greens plain but for me what made it a meal was the bread. I am a bread lover and thats my weakness, I very seldom eat a meal without dipping bread into the soup, sauce and yes I am a dipper~ Not much to adapting these recipe to pretty basic, easy and filling, Can you believe this was considered depression food back then?



I can't seem to get past eating my Italian foods without good Old Fashioned hard crusted Italian Bread.


Escarole is one of my favorite greens in many great recipes and one favorite of our is Traditional Wedding Soup and it's wonderful flavors ..



Dried beans done overnight in the crockpot, a huge difference in taste these are northern white beans.

Escarole and Beans Recipe:
1- 8 oz can of chicken broth or 1 cup fresh
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (first cold pressed) more for on top when serving
2 large heads escarole
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon of each oregano, basil, parsley, we used all fresh ingredients when possible
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 cloves minced garlic
2 lbs of fresh cooked dried northern beans   highly recommended or 2 (16 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained
plenty of pecorino romano cheese
If using fresh beans reserve 1/2 of the bean water
3 sprigs fresh parsley, chopped,
pinch of cayenne pepper


Boil escarole seperately until tender about 35 minutes, drain.( Or take a shortcut if you work, do dried beans with water in one crock pot on high for 8 hours all day or overnight and escarole in the another crockpot filled with water and when you get home from work,  saute in oil and garlic, add broth, heat through add the seasonings and pour over hard crusty Italian bread!!! simple.)

For canned beans method. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat saute garlic till brown, add boiled escarole and coat with oil and garlic flavors.  Add the broth. Season with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes and other seasonings. Stir in cooked beans, at this point.

Heat throughly and serve over bread.


For soup style shown, add 16 oz can of  Chicken broth, you can also add boiled chicken and ditalini to make a hearty meal out of this. Boil until mixture gets thicker and looks creamy. Serve with plenty of grated cheese on top and thick chunks of crusty bread and a few drizzles of olive oil.

23 comments:

-bcgw. said...

I love escarole too, I make chicken escarole enchiladas! Your soup looks delicious ;]

Drick said...

this is so much to my liking - I make something very similar, never thought of it as being from the past, I add slices of sausage to it and serve it over hard bread...I have cooked beans overnight in a slow cooker but like soaking them for 24 hours, makes them creamier without becoming mushy...am I doing something wrong?

pegasuslegend said...

@bcgw thanks one of our fav's
@drick I doubt your doing anything wrong, never had them get mushy and I freeze my beans after they come out of the crock since there are so many..Maybe its too long, over 8 hours is enough and I never soak first. Thanks Drick.

5 Star Foodie said...

Escarole & beans sound so good on a crusty bread and I love the soup too! Definitely a must try!

Federica said...

I love escarole and beans. Their mix on a crusty bread is very very good. Bye bye
Fede

pegasuslegend said...

@5starfoodie thanks, very tasty :)
@federica thanks, I visited your site, was looking for an English translator..couldnt find it but very lovely pictures love the foods you post :)

Federica said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog, dear! If you need a translator, you can click on one of the flag you find at the top right ^_^
Bye bye, I hope see you soon :)

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

The escarole and bean combination with some crusty Italian bread really looks and sounds great.

redkathy said...

WOW Claudia, this looks superb! My mom used to make it the same as yours. I haven't made this in forever, shame on me! I prefer cannelloni beans but have used the northern beans too. Sometimes my mom added chunks of peperoni to this.... Yummy

Claudia said...

I did an escarole and chickpea soup last night. It is the most fabulous combination!Yours looks perfect! Perfectly scrumptious.

ARLENE said...

Now you're talking! I usually make this as a soup, but occasionally make it with pasta and once made it with shrimp. Like you, I adore bread (and it loves my hips, so don't get it often enough).

Trix said...

You are TOTALLY speaking my language here! Beans + greens = heaven, I can't get enough. I want this for dinner.

Cinnamon-Girl said...

I love this - soup style! It's one of my favorites and you sure worked up a good craving in me now! Delicious!

My Little Space said...

Hhhmm..mm...yumm! This is such delicious bite.

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Claudia, I think I would really enjoy dinner at your place :D Good thing we're on different continents or you'd never get rid of me!

citronetvanille said...

That's my kind of dish! beans and escarole, love it! Beautiful combo, well depression brought some healthy and hearty dishes!

The Cookie Girl said...

I have never eaten escarole. I am not much of a greens kinda gal but this looks really good to me for some reason. Maybe you should make it, freeze it and ship it my way. ;)

Table Talk said...

Beans and greens--always one of my favorite classic family style Italian dishes!

Table Talk said...

Beans and greens--always one of my favorite classic family style Italian dishes!

MaryMoh said...

Looks delicious. I love beans especially if it's creamy.

Trix said...

How did I miss this, hmmm? It's exactly the sort of thing I love!!!

PaulaVog said...

My grandmother (from Italy) also made this, the thicker version, but she added big chunks of Pepperoni. I loved it! Thanks for the memories, I'm gonna make a batch this weekend.

PaulaVog said...

My grandmother (from Italy) used to make us this, the thicker version, but she added big chunks of pepperoni. Yum! Thanks for bringing up some fond memories. I'm gonna make a batch this weekend.