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Braised Escarole with Garlic and Lemon

Braised Escarole with Garlic and Lemon

1 head escarole, about 1 pound
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/4 lemon, cut in thin slices
2 cups water, vegetable broth or chicken broth
Pinch sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Break off the leaves of the escarole and wash them individually, taking care to remove any soil at the base of the stems. Shake the leaves dry, stack them up, and slice the escarole crosswise into ribbons about 1 1/2-inches wide.
Place a large deep skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil and butter. Toss in the garlic, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, and lemon slices; cook and stir for a couple of minutes, tossing to combine. Nestle the escarole into the pan and sauté until it begins to wilt and shrink down, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the escarole with a pinch of sugar and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the broth and cover the pan. Simmer for 20 minutes until the escarole is tender.

Adapted from-Tyler Florence, The Food Network

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