Simply called frisée, it means a salad composed of sauteed smoked bacon and frisée greens. It is the quintessential French Bistro Salad. If you have never had it, now is the time!

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  • Course Lunch, Salads
  • Cuisine French
  • Keyword Delicious, Different, Elegant
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 10 minutes 10 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 10 minutes 10 minutes
Passive Time Total Time
20 minutes
Tips
This salad is best prepared using frisée and smoked side bacon cut into lardons and fried in a bit of olive oil. I would say it's almost not worth making it, if you cannot find both of these ingredients,
Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Ingredients
  • 1 head frisée
  • 1 tbspn olive oil
  • 1/2 lb smoked bacon cut into lardons
  • 2 large shallot finely chopped
  • 3 tbspn white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 stick French bread sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
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Instructions
  1. Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
Bacon
  1. Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Remove rind from bacon and slice thick slab bacon into 1/2" slices or lardons; this should be from about a 2" inch piece of slab, not sliced, smoked bacon; add lardons to frying pan
Frisée
  1. Cut 2" lengths from a medium head of frisée and put into a deep mixing bowl.
Toast Rounds
  1. Pre-heat broiler
  2. Slice a French baguette into 1/2" slices and place the slices onto a sheet of aluminum foil.
  3. While bacon is frying, toast both sides of the baguette slices and then rub one side each slice with a clove of peeled garlic.
Assembly
  1. When the bacon is done to your liking, drain all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat and pour the contents of the frying pan onto the frisée.
  2. Add sugar, black pepper, white wine vinegar and toss, checking seasoning.
Plating
  1. The salad should be served in a rim soup bowl, surrounded by the garlic toast slices

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