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This is a traditional dish from Upstate New York, Utica Greens.
It is a signature side dish for the Italian-Americans who live in Utica, and is commonly found in restaurants all over the area. There is even an annual Utica Greens Fest in Utica every fall, which features lots of food and art. There are many different ways to make it, but it traditionally includes escarole, hot cherry peppers and garlic.
So when my CSA box included a huge head of escarole it was the obvious thing to make! I used proscuitto to flavor it, although you could substitute bacon, pancetta, or even add in a bunch of Italian sausage and make it more of a main dish than a side.
G L Mezzetta Peppers, Hot Cherry, Slcd, 16-Ounce (Pack of 6)Hot Cherry Peppers are an ingredient that I don’t use all the time, but when you need them there is no substitute! The peppers are crunchy and very spicy, and are also great for using on a sandwich.
I used five of the hot peppers in this dish because my kids don’t like it too spicy, but I think it tastes better with even more. However my kids will actually have seconds of Utica Greens, which is pretty much unheard of for any dish involving greens, so I make it the way they like it!
The dish is topped off with breadcrumbs and cheese, and broiled to melt the cheese and crisp up the breadcrumbs. The resulting dish is very spicy and makes a fantastic side dish to accompany dinner.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124 Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 116mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 3g
Nutrition facts are estimates.
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