Best Utica Greens Recipe

Utica greens are a great addition to any main course. This recipe combines escarole with cherry peppers and a melody of lemony and garlic flavors that are sure to please your palate. The New York Times reported that this dish was made famous in the '80s by Joe Morelle. The plate was born at his eatery, the Chesterfield Restaurant, in Utica, New York, and that's how it got its name. You learn something new every day, right?

Recipe developer Jason Goldstein of Chop Happy recreated this popular dish, and let us just tell you — it is spectacular. Golstein shares that his favorite part is how easy it is to make. "I skipped the step of boiling the greens and shocking it. It maintains a slight crunchy texture to the escarole," he says. The recipe calls for prosciutto, but Goldstein shares that if you're a vegetarian, you can certainly leave it out.

Without further ado, keep scrolling to find out how to make this quick and easy recipe that's sure to be a major hit in your house.

Gather the ingredients to prepare Utica greens

Let's dig right in and gather the ingredients needed to prepare this delicious dish. To start, you will need prosciutto, which is one of the tastiest meats out there, in our humble opinion. As we mentioned, if you're a vegetarian, you can omit and sub for peanuts if you'd like. "To get a salty crunchy bite, maybe add some crushed peanuts — about a handful," Goldstein suggests. Add olive oil and a few cloves of garlic to your shopping list in addition to onion, salt, and pepper.

When you stop in the produce section, there are a few things you'll need to grab there, including lemon, escarole, and cherry peppers. Last but not least, get breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. Once you have everything in front of you, it's time to begin.

Cook the prosciutto until crispy, then set aside

Take out a pan of your choosing, and place it on the stovetop. Then, add in the olive oil and the prosciutto. Turn the heat to medium-high, and let the prosciutto cook until it gets nice and crispy. Just like bacon, this won't take too long to do, so be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

Then, take the prosciutto out of the pan, and set it aside. Don't place it too far, because you will need it in just a bit. Now, you can move onto the next step.

Cook the garlic and onion in the same pan

Keep the same pan out that you used to cook the prosciutto. This will make the cleanup process a lot easier. The pan should have some of that tremendous oily flavor that will transfer to the other ingredients. 

Add the garlic cloves, and the onion to the pan first. Next, sprinkle the salt and pepper over top. Let the onions cook until they turn translucent, as that indicates they're finished. (This should take about two minutes.) Now, there are only a few more things to do, and then the dish will be ready to eat. We told you it was easy!

Add the additional ingredients to the pan

Here's where the rest of your ingredients come into play. Add the escarole, lemon juice, cherry peppers, and a little more salt and pepper. Mix everything for about two minutes. By now, your kitchen should be filled with such a heavenly aroma. Once the two minutes are up, you can sprinkle the crispy prosciutto on top. Feel free to stir everything again to combine the prosciutto in the middle, or alternatively, you can let it sit on the top.

Add the cheese and breadcrumbs, broil, and enjoy

Take out a bowl, and toss in the breadcrumbs and the Romano cheese. Then, pour the breadcrumbs on top of the escarole mixture. Place the pan in the oven, and put it on broil. Then, set your timer for about a minute, and take the mix out when it begins to brown.

Goldstein suggests serving Utica greens with pork chops, meatloaf, grilled chicken, or steak. As for leftovers? "I would add [the greens] to scrambled eggs, put [on top of] avocado toast, or sneak to the fridge at midnight and eat it cold. I think they only last [for] two days," Goldstein shares. Now dig in!

Best Utica Greens Recipe
5 from 30 ratings
This recipe for Utica greens combines escarole with cherry peppers and a melody of lemony and garlic flavors that are sure to please your palate.
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Utica greens in bowl
Total time: 16 minutes
  • 5 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 bunch escarole, chopped
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 cherry peppers, chopped
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese
  1. Place the chopped prosciutto and 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook until the prosciutto is crispy, and then take out of the pan to use later.
  2. Add the sliced garlic cloves and chopped onion to the pan. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cook until the onions are translucent, approximately 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped escarole, lemon juice, chopped cherry peppers, 1 of teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the pan. Mix, and cook for 2 minutes. Top with the crispy prosciutto.
  4. In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Romano cheese. Add to the top of the escarole mixture.
  5. Place the pan in the oven on broil for 1 minute, or until it browns.
  6. Serve, and enjoy!
Calories per Serving 173
Total Fat 10.0 g
Saturated Fat 2.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 14.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 14.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.9 g
Total Sugars 3.2 g
Sodium 491.3 mg
Protein 7.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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