Monday, February 11, 2013

Braised romaine lettuce hearts

When life gives you lettuce and only lettuce, braise it! I love lettuce and I always had it fresh, so when I heard about the braised lettuce, I wanted to really try it for a long time.As always I have spiced it up. So here is my version of braised romaine lettuce.

 I used romaine lettuce hearts and when they were cooked they were crunchy and soft at the same time and they were delicious.They are a great accompaniment to couscous or quinoa or baked fish.I had it with spiced  couscous and they were just yummy.You don't have to do any hard work for this recipe.. bam bam bam and TADA you have flavorful braised lettuce. 

Braised romaine lettuce hearts serves 2

Romaine lettuce, cut lengthwise in to halves - 1
White wine - 1/4 cup (optional)
Chicken stock / vegetable stock - 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Garlic powder - 1/4 tspn
Red chilly flakes - 1/4 tspn
Pepper - 1/4 tspn
dried oregano - 1/4 tspn
oil - 2 tspn
Salt - If needed use accordingly

In a pan heat the oil and once the oil is hot place the lettuce cut side down and let it char, repeat on the other side.It will take 30 secs on each side.
Remove the lettuce and keep aside.
In the same pan add the chicken stock, the white wine, garlic powder,chili flakes,oregano and pepper ad bring to boil.
Place the lettuce,the cut side down and turn the heat to simmer and place a lid on top and let it cook for 7 - 8 mins,then turn the lettuce and close the lid and let it cook for 3 more mins.
When the leaves turn dark green it is ready, otherwise cook for another 2 mins.
Remove the lettuce and if you have any left over stock let it boil for a couple of seconds and use it as sauce.


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