Grilled wedges of garlicky escarole are combined here with tender white beans to make a simple first course that's also an excellent side dish. More Terrific Salads
In a bowl, cover the beans with water and let them soak overnight. Drain the beans and transfer to a medium saucepan. Add 6 cups of water and the thyme and bring to a boil. Cook the beans over moderately low heat until tender, about 1 hour; drain. Transfer to a bowl and let cool; discard the thyme.
In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the garlic and cook over moderate heat until the garlic is golden, about 6 minutes. Transfer the garlic and oil to a small bowl and stir in the lemon juice.
Heat a large grill pan or cast-iron skillet. Brush the escarole with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and grill, turning once, until the leaves are wilted and slightly charred. Transfer to a platter.
Add the parsley and the dressing to the beans and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the beans over the escarole and serve warm or at room temperature.
The recipe can be prepared through Step 2 one day ahead; refrigerate the beans and dressing separately. Serve at room temperature.
Calories 261 kcal, Total Fat 11 gm, Saturated Fat 1.6 gm.
Garlic, lemons, earthy beans and bitter escarole need a dry but assertive white to act as a flavor foil. Try a Pinot Grigio from Italy or a Pinot Gris from Oregon.