Meatless Monday: Baked Escarole Oreganata {Gluten Free, Vegan}


Last Monday we were in the middle of an oppressive heat wave.  I honestly thought that summer weather was here to stay despite the calendar creeping toward fall.  Slaving over the stove or making anything in the oven was ridiculously unappealing.  I don’t mind sweating to workout but not so much when I’m in the kitchen.  

Then, just as quick as the heat wave came, it left and all the sudden cool temps and rain took it’s place.  From the looks of the weather this past weekend, fall might just be making it’s grand entrance.  

Honestly, I am not complaining and it’s no secret that I LOVE fall and HATE hot weather.  Not only is running a heck of a lot easier but I can finally get back to cookin’ in the kitchen without feeling like I’m trapped in a sweat lodge.  

I know everyone else is all about pumpkin right now but for whatever reason I was seriously craving escarole.  Yeah, I know it’s not a normal thing to crave but for me I equate it with comfort food.  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 Recipe {Meatless Monday, Gluten Free, Vegan, Healthy Side Dish, Italian Recipe, Meatless Meal}

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 Tina Muir and Confessions of a Mother Runner for Meatless Monday! 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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44 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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    aelicatese
    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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    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!

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