RECIPE

Frisee with Croutons, Bacon & Poached Eggs

My trick for making croutons is that I use hand-cut bread (in this case, a white bread from Amy’s) and I toast them twice in the toaster on medium. When the toast pops up I let it sit for a minute and then I toast it again. I cut whole cloves of garlic in half and rub the garlic into the toast.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bacon (mine was from Oscar’s Smokehouse)
  • 5 to 6 cups frisée
  • 3 or 4 slices white bread
  • 1 clove garlic, halved
  • Finely chopped fresh sage
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality Spanish sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • 4 eggs

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Arrange 6 slices of the bacon in a single layer on a slotted broiler pan. Bake until crispy, 15 to 18 minutes.

Put the frisée in a salad bowl and set aside.

Meanwhile, toast the bread twice and rub with the cut garlic and then the sage. Season with salt and pepper, then cube it into bite-sized croutons.

In a skillet, heat the oil (2 turns of the pan) over medium heat. Chop the remaining 2 slices bacon and add to the pan. Cook until very crisp and the fat is rendered. Add the vinegar. Poured that down over the frisée and add the lemon juice; season with salt and pepper. Toss, toss, toss. That’s the salad. You can toss in the croutons if you’d like them to get a little soft or you can throw them in last minute when you’re ready to serve.

In a large skillet, bring about 2 inches of water and a splash of vinegar (the vinegar helps the egg white coagulate so you don’t end up with feathery poached eggs) to a low boil. Crack 1 egg at a time into a ramekin to remove any shell and to make the transfer into the simmering water gentler. Slip the eggs into the simmering water and poach 2 minutes for medium to soft poached eggs (about 20 seconds less for very soft) and 2 1/2 to 3 minutes for medium to firm.

Serve the salad with the bacon on the side and the poached egg up on top.

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