You’ll start to love lettuce once you make this Braised Lettuce recipe! Braising consists of lightly frying, and then simmering like a stew for full flavor!
I love this braised lettuce. Love, Love, Love.
As we have been harvesting our lettuce plants, I have been requesting this almost every single night. Most people use lettuce in salads or as a topping, but in this recipe you can use it as a entire side dish. When I first learned about braised lettuce I didn’t think twice about making it because just lettuce as a side, really? Then I tried it and my opinion changed immediately. It’s such a easy recipe consisting of just a few ingredients, but it packs such a hit in taste. Braising consists of lightly frying, and then simmering like a stew. Just as you would expect in the greens family, lettuce wilts much, so as it simmers, it gets tender. As it simmers, the lettuce will pick up the garlic and broth. Your lettuce will be full of flavor. It’s so great.
Please, please see this past recipe as “just lettuce” and give it a try.
- 1 head of lettuce cut up into quarters - washed
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 clove minced garlic
- salt + pepper to taste
- Take your washed lettuce head and cut it up into quarters.
- Head olive oil and minced garlic in pan over medium heat. Add your quarters of lettuce, cut side down.
- Saute until the side is lightly brown. This takes about 10 minutes.
- Turn over, add your chicken broth and bring to a slight boil.
- Turn down to low, cover and heat for 15 minutes.
- Add salt + pepper to taste.
- Serve as desired.
- Bibb or Romaine lettuce works well.
- You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth.
First, let’s take a minute and admire this gorgeous lettuce we grew. Sigh.
This recipe calls for one head, so cut it into quarters so you have 4 pieces.
Lettuce, you are so pretty. For this recipe I used buttercrunch because that’s what we grow. You can use Bibb variety, or Romaine – it’s up to you.
Take your lettuce and put it in a pan with olive oil and garlic. Make sure you put it cut side down in the pan.
Once it’s slightly golden brown, you’re going to flip it over to the other side.
Then add your chicken broth. Alternatively, you can use vegetable broth if you’d like. Bring to a boil, then put your heat on low and cover for 15 minutes.
When the 15 minutes is up, you will notice how much your lettuce has wilted. Then you will smell that aroma and smile. Then you will taste the lettuce and faint.
Who knew, lettuce could be this good? I’m a lettuce believer now.
You can use this in many ways, feel free to even think outside the box, like putting it on pasta or rice… or a sandwich!