No not Chicory Tip, they were a very strange band from the 1960s. This post is about chicory, endive and escarole. In recent foray into horticulture, I planted seeds from all the packets in the tin. Many of the coloured paper outers had gone, and I just had lots of the inner little foil packs.
One of these was labelled ‘endive’ – so we planted a row of these seeds, and had no idea what would emerge. Would it be the Belgian Endive, often called chicory [left]- or the curlier one sometimes called frisee ? [right]
…and what came up was a healthy crop of these leaves pictured below – which turns out to be the variety of endive called escarole.
Martha Stewart’s Spaghetti with Butternut Squash and Escarole
· Salt & pepper
· ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
· 12oz spaghetti
· 3oz unsalted butter
· 1 head escarole, leaves torn into 2” pieces
· 7oz ricotta
· 1 lemon, cut into wedges
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook squash for 3 minutes. Drain in colander. Return water to a boil. Add pasta and cook till al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water; drain pasta and return to pot. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 oz butter over medium heat. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned in spots and tender when pierced with a knife, about 8 minutes. Add escarole and cook, stirring, until just beginning to wilt, 1 minute. Add vegetables to pot with pasta. To skillet, add 2 oz butter and cook, swirling skillet occasionally, until butter is lightly browned and has a nutty aroma, about 1 minute. Drizzle over pasta and toss to combine, adding enough pasta water to create a light sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish, top with ricotta, and serve with lemon wedges.[serves 4]
I had wholewheat penne, not spaghetti – I think mine looks as good as hers. It tasted OK, but maybe I should have added more salt. Bob declared that the escarole tasted ‘very worthy’ [i.e. dull!!]
Do not confuse escarole - a vegetable, with barcarolle – a song sung by a Venetian Gondolier or rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements [like some of my blogposts!]