I found it a titch band. Maybe better with duck egg instead of chicken, authentic fregola sarda instead of pearl cous cous and better quality Parmesan. But I really liked the escarole, which I hadn't used before. Toddler was a big fan of "lilla pasta" but ate around escarole.
Sautéed Escarole with Toasted Pearl Couscous and Poached Eggs
Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Robyn Valarik
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 451
- Calories from fat: 53%
- Protein: 19g
- Fat: 27g
- Saturated fat: 6.2g
- Carbohydrate: 34g
- Fiber: 5.8g
- Sodium: 652mg
- Cholesterol: 225mg
- 1 cup pearl couscous or fregola sarda*
- About 5 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
- 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 large heads (1 1/4 lbs. total) escarole, stem ends trimmed, leaves rinsed and drained (leave some water on leaves)
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- About 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
- 4 large chicken or duck* eggs
- About 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1. Toast couscous in 1 tbsp. oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mostly golden, 7 to 8 minutes (if using fregola, omit oil and toasting). Add 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 cups water (and fregola, if using); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until barely tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain.
- 2. Cook garlic in remaining 1/4 cup oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until softened but still pale, 2 to 3 minutes. Add escarole and cook until it begins to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Add couscous and stir to coat, then add broth and 1/2 tsp. pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Season with about 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
- 3. Fill saucepan used for couscous three-quarters full of water, add vinegar, and cook over high heat until bubbles barely break the surface. Reduce heat to medium-low. Crack eggs into water and give water a gentle stir to ensure eggs aren't sticking to pan. Cook 3 minutes for runny yolks. With a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels. Sprinkle with about 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper to taste.
- 4. Divide escarole mixture among 4 soup plates and set an egg on each. Drizzle with more oil and sprinkle with parmesan.
- *Buy fregola sarda from markethallfoods.com or at gourmet grocery stores. Look for duck eggs at Asian and farmers' markets.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.
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