Healthy Baked Escarole Oreganata {Gluten Free, Vegan}


These past few weeks the temperature has ridiculously cold.  The new year started with a cold snap that seemed like it was here to stay then all of the sudden, temperatures shot up to the 60’s.  Of course, that was a tease – within a mere 24 hours we went from 60 degrees here to negative degrees along with another FOOT of snow.  Clearly that called for ALL of the blankets and hot food that I could make.

To be honest, I truly despise hot weather and much prefer the colder seasons.  It’s easier to run, you can take off layers if you get too hot and let’s face it, any excuse to eat warm comfort food is a-okay with me. 

While negative degrees is a bit too cold for my liking, I’ll take 20 degrees any day over 80 and from the looks of the weather this past weekend, it looks like winter is probably here to stay for a bit.  

Like I said, the warmer weather also makes me want to refuel with ALL the comfort food and for whatever reason lately, I’ve also been craving escarole oreganata. 

Yeah, I know it’s not a normal thing to crave but for me I equate it with comfort food…maybe it’s the Italian in me or the Italian in me by marriage.  The warm, crunchy bread-like component makes it perfect on cold days plus it’s super easy to whip up which makes it a great week night dish too! 

Baked Escarole Oreganata - a healthy, gluten free, dairy free and vegan take on a traditional Italian recipe!

Escarole is a leafy green, a form of endive which as a slightly bitter taste.  While it can be used in salads, it is more commonly used to make what the Upstate, NY region refers to as Utica Greens.  It’s an Italian dish that uses escarole to create this wonderful spicy dish made with prosciutto, hot peppers, bread crumbs and cheese.  

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Since it’s Meatless Monday, prosciutto is clearly not an option and honestly, I’m not really supposed to have cheese either so instead I made what you might consider the cousin of Utica Greens and topped it with oreganata.  

Baked Escarole Oreganata Recipe {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy Side Dish, Italian Recipe, Meatless Meal}

Oreganata is a classic Italian bread crumb and oregano topping that is pretty much used on whatever you can imagine: fish, clams, shrimp, asparagus, beans and in this case, escarole! 

Baked Escarole Oreganata Recipe {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy Side Dish, Italian Recipe, Meatless Meal}

Baked Escarole Oreganata Recipe {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy Side Dish, Italian Recipe, Meatless Meal}

BAKED ESCAROLE OREGANATA {GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN}


RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 heads of escarole, chopped and washed
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs
  • 2 sprigs of fresh oregano 
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan on the stove top then add in onions and garlic. Sautee until soft. 
  3. Add in escarole and sautee for another few minutes until lightly wilted. 
  4. In a small bowl mix together bread crumbs, fresh oregano, salt and pepper. 
  5. Transfer to a cast iron skillet or oven safe baking dish and top with bread crumb mixture.
  6. Place in oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until bread crumbs turn a golden brown color.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle red pepper flakes if desired. 
  8. Serve and enjoy! :)

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This post is linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner  and A Whisk & Two Wands for Meatless Monday! 


This recipe originally appeared on this site in September of 2015. 

 

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67 Comments

Michelle
Reply September 14, 2015

Looks yummy...right about now I can't wait for fall too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    Same here though I see the temps are going to start going up again!

Tina Muir
Reply September 14, 2015

Isn't it crazy how quickly it can change, although I feel like I am not quite ready for summer to go yet. However fall is exciting! Oreganata, have never heard of that, but it looks and sounds amazing! Great recipe!!
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jill conyers
Reply September 14, 2015

Annmarie this looks delicious. And gluten free too!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    Thank you! Of course, always gluten free! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply September 14, 2015

Escarole is a great green, and one that is often under appreciated or even not known! I'm not big on much of the endive family (I don't care for bitter) but escarole I can handle!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    Definitely under appreciated in my opinion! :P

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply September 14, 2015

How interesting! I've never cooked with Oreganata this looks yummy!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It's such a yummy way to add a quick breaded topping to a dish!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply September 14, 2015

This looks so tasty! I've never made escarole before, but I'm pretty sure I'd love it!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    You definitely would! :)

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply September 14, 2015

this sounds delicious! I loved the mini regional cuisine lesson too - very interesting!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    Haha, I figured not many people would know what escarole or oreganata is so it was necessary! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply September 14, 2015

It is 55 degrees this morning in Georgia and I am so excited! I hate to have to drive back! this looks interesting, these are ingredients I don't usually cook with.

    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    55 degrees much be a cold front for you! Haha!

Mary Ellen @ VNutrition
Reply September 14, 2015

I haven't had escarole in forever! That is such a nice fall veggie and this recipe looks delicious! I was happy to have the temps drop a bit too. I used to be such a summer person but lately I like the air a little crisp when I'm getting up or heading to bed.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It really is such a nice fall veggie and pairs with so many other fall flavors as well! So excited for cooler weather and fall! :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply September 14, 2015

I thought the weather in England was crazy! We definitely don't have a heat wave, but this is something I could eat any time of year.
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    Oh the weather here is straight up schizo. 80 degrees one minute and snowing the next, totally unpredictable!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply September 14, 2015

I don't know if I've ever had escarole! I have to get on that. And YES for FALL! And I should say sorry about the Giants, but I'm not all THAT sorry. It was a good game, though!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    Yeah girl, get on that!

Marcia
Reply September 14, 2015

This looks like a great dish for cooler weather!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It really is!

Liz
Reply September 14, 2015

Well this looks heavenly!! Definitely need to try this recipe :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    I hope you do! :)

AlexandraFunFit
Reply September 14, 2015

aha, I always wondered what escarole was. Looks yummy.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    Haha, now you know! ;)

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply September 14, 2015

This sounds so interesting. I've never heard of oreganata, but it certainly looks delicious! Thanks for hosting the linkup!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    Thank so much for linking up!

Heather@hungryforbalance
Reply September 14, 2015

I have never cooked with escarole before, but this looks delicious! I love using my cast iron skillet!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    There are so many yummy things you can make in a cast iron skillet...even if it's ridiculously heavy when you're trying to lift it out of the oven, haha!

Sam @ PancakeWarriors
Reply September 14, 2015

Oh my this sounds so yummy!! Any way I can try new veggies is always so fun!! I haven't used escarole before, but that has to change! So glad this is GF.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It definitely has to change, I bet you could come up with some yummy recipes using it!

rachel @ Athletic Avocado
Reply September 14, 2015

this looks so yummy! perfect for meatless monday!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It really is! :)

Rachel
Reply September 14, 2015

Confession: the word escarole totally grosses me out. Ha! But I know it tastes good and your recipe looks delish!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    HAHA that is hilarious!

Sharon
Reply September 15, 2015

I have never heard of this but it sounds great!! Looks yummy too!
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply September 15, 2015

I've never cooked with escarole before, but this dish looks so delicious!! Thanks for sharing :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 15, 2015

    It is and so easy to make!!

Sarah
Reply September 15, 2015

This looks delicious and I have never had anything like it so I will have to give it a try. I am with you I am so ready for fall! Mother Nature seems to be with the program and then decides to have these hot flashes and I'm over it.
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    Reply September 15, 2015

    HAHA she is definitely having hot flashes, that's for sure!

Sina @ Vegan Heaven
Reply September 16, 2015

This looks so delicious, Annmarie! :-) I'm probably ready for fall too, although I'm sad at the same time that summer is over. But there're so many delicious fall recipes and pumpkin season is finally here!

Divya @ Eat Teach Blog
Reply October 3, 2016

This looks delicious!

Courtney
Reply October 3, 2016

Ooh, this looks amazing-- my mouth is watering already!

Lauren
Reply October 3, 2016

This looks so delicious, Annmarie! I love escarole!
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Kimberly G
Reply October 3, 2016

This looks yummy and the perfect dish for Fall!

Sarah-A Whisk and Two Wands
Reply October 3, 2016

This looks delicious! I can't remember the last time I had escarole. I'll have to give this a try. Thank you for hosting and linking up for Meatless Monday!

dixya @food, pleasure, and health
Reply October 3, 2016

i have never heard of this greens before...what a lovely twist to it.

vicki
Reply October 5, 2016

This looks great! I don't think I've ever had escarole
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kimmythevegan
Reply October 8, 2016

What a great way to use escarole. And the breadcrumb topping would really enhance a nice flavour. Yum!

jennifer
Reply January 15, 2018

I have never heard of this dish, but . . yummy! crunchy breadcrumb greens!

Deborah Brooks
Reply January 15, 2018

This is a fun side dish! I love to use panko breadcrumbs on top for the crunch
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Debbie
Reply January 15, 2018

It looks like we’re each living in the right place! It’s 80 here, which makes me happy. I don’t think I’d go outside, let alone run if it was 20!

This looks delicious!
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Jessica Kuepfer
Reply January 15, 2018

What a unique recipe - I have never heard of this!

Rachel
Reply January 15, 2018

Looks delicious!

patrick@looneyforfood.com
Reply January 15, 2018

Give me all the comfort food in this cold! Looks amazing

Lucy Edwards
Reply January 15, 2018

This look amazing! I don't think I've heard of escarole before, I'll have to look out for it.

Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers
Reply January 15, 2018

This looks wonderful! I make something kind of similar with zucchini and a breadcrumb topping. I love me some cheddar though, so I also add a bit of that on top :)

Abbey Sharp
Reply January 15, 2018

Oooh love this! Such a great way to use escarole and love the crispy topping!

Sarah
Reply January 15, 2018

Ridiculously cold here too so I'm all about comfort food! I remember when you posted this last year and I still need to make it, thank you for the reminder.

Emily
Reply January 15, 2018

I've never heard of an escarole! This looks so delicious and easy to make though :)

Emily | EmPowered Nutrition
Reply January 15, 2018

Yum! Reminds me of a favorite local dish, Utica Greens, from where I grew up!

jill conyers
Reply January 16, 2018

I"ve never heard of this dish but it looks delicious.

Emily @Sinful Nutrition
Reply January 16, 2018

I officially need to use escarole more! This recipe sounds fabulous!

Mona
Reply January 16, 2018

Love this dish. I can hear my Italian mother-in-law with her accent saying "escarole"!

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