Friday, September 5, 2008

Mediterranean-Style Braised Lettuce

The beauty of this tasty vegetable side dish is in the quick cooking. Serve Braised Lettuce with barbecued fish or chicken. Recipe serves 4.


12 large cos lettuce leaves
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 red pepper (capsicum), cut into fine matchstick strips
2 spring onions, cut into 1/2 inch (1 cm) pieces
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons crumbled feta cheese
1/3 teaspoon cracked black pepper


1. Tear each lettuce leaf into four pieces. Heat oil in medium pan; add pepper. Stir over low heat for 1 minute.
2. Add lettuce to pan, toss over high heat 1 minute or until leaves are well coated with oil. Remove lettuce from pan. Reduce heat to low.
3. Add spring onions, chives and juice to pan; cook covered for 30 seconds. Remove pan from heat.
4. Combine lettuce and spring onion mixture. Place on serving plate. Sprinkle feta with black pepper. Serve warm or cold.

Tip: It is important to have all the ingredients on hand before beginning to cook, as prolonged cooking causes the lettuce to develop a bitter flavor and lose color.

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