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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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,
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1/2lbsmoked baconcut into lardons
3tbspnwhite wine vinegar
1tspground black pepper
Gather all ingredients before starting recipe.
Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to frying pan and heat over medium high heat.
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
Cut 2" lengths from a medium head of frisée and put into a deep mixing bowl.
Slice a French baguette into 1/2" slices and place the slices onto a sheet of aluminum foil.
While bacon is frying, toast both sides of the baguette slices and then rub one side each slice with a clove of peeled garlic.
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.
Add sugar, black pepper, white wine vinegar and toss, checking seasoning.
The salad should be served in a rim soup bowl, surrounded by the garlic toast slices