CNYEats A Taste of Utica Dandelion Subs

by Joanne on June 26, 2011


Field of Dandelions

Who would have thought you’d actually look forward to the time when you see them.  If you make the following recipe, you’re sure to look forward to dandelion season.

On page 124 of our book, A Taste of Utica, there is recipe posted by Toni (Leone) Guzski that “Makes my mouth water”.


Dandelion Subs (*I used Escarole for this recipe)


This is a CLASSIC recipe for a wonderful lunch or casual dinner.  It can be vegetarian


or you can add a little meat if you’re into that (Ted wanted Turkey Bacon added).


We felt so HEALTHY eating these subs!


*If you use the dandelion leaves, you CAN freeze them so be sure to pick/purchase as many as you can.


For 2  to 4 subs

  • 1 large head Escarole or 2 bunches of dandelion leaves
  • 1 to 1 1/2 TBS olive oil
  • Sliced hot cherry pepper or use red pepper flakes according to your own personal heat “index”. *I used 4 slices of pickled hot cherry peppers, minced.
  • garlic powder OR 1 TBS minced garlic
  • Cheese if you want to top it and broil it.
  • 1 loaf Unsliced Italian Bread – cut in half, remove middle.

Wash the greens well with cold water. Boil until tender.  * Bring to a boil for 5 minutes, change the water, bring back to a boil for another 10 minutes.  Note: If you have more time, boiling and changing the water 3 or 4 times is recommended.  This will remove any bitterness from the greens.

Drain well. Pat dry.  Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat.  Add the greens, hot pepper, garlic and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes.

Preheat the broiler.  *I used whole wheat hoagie rolls, toasted before stuffing with greens.  NOTE: Italian bread would be better because it has a crustier crust and won’t get soggy!

Stuff the cooked greens into the loaf. Top with cheese if desired. Enjoy – OR – broil for one minute until cheese melts.


Seriously delicious!


Next week:  STUFFED PEPPERS! One of my favorites!

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  • At 2011.06.26 09:23, Green Groats said:

    These do look healthy and DELICIOUS. I’m a huge fan of dandelion. The toasted bun and cheese make it look extra mouth-watering too!

    • At 2011.06.26 19:17, claudia lamascolo said:

      certainly a memory growing up with grandma and mom, they would make wine with dandelions…. never had the pleasure to try it… this brought back some memories of my family long since gone though thank you!

      • At 2011.06.27 06:01, Medeja said:

        I have to admit that dandelions never looked eatable to me 🙂 though I know that some people were making soups using them and there is such thing as dandelion wine.. 🙂

        • At 2011.06.27 08:43, Peggy said:

          What an interesting sandwich! Next time I have some dandelion greens, I’ll keep this in mind =)

          • At 2011.06.27 10:04, Monet said:

            Oh wow…these subs look so good! I love anything in bread 🙂 Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a wonderful week, full of love, good food, and laughter. Hugs from Austin!

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