Lyonnaise egg & bacon salad

Lyonnaise egg & bacon salad

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James Martin's French Adventure
Serves
2
Photographer
Peter Cassidy

This classic salad was on the menu at Comptoir du Loup Pendu, a wonderful little place in the Rillieux-la-Pape district of Lyon, where the crew and I stopped off for lunch. Afterwards we got talking to the owner, and he kindly let us cook in his courtyard, while all the patrons sat eating their lunch and watching us intently.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient

For the salad

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 slices smoked bacon, cut into 5cm pieces
2 thick slices bread, torn into cubes
2 eggs
A splash white wine vinegar
2 handfuls frisee
2 handfuls lamb’s lettuce
2 chicory, sliced
small bunch chervil

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
25ml white wine vinegar
100ml olive oil
1/2 shallot, finely diced
1/4 garlic clove, crushed
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. For the salad, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, and fry the bacon until crispy, then add the cubes of bread and fry until golden, stirring regularly. Remove the croûtons and drain on kitchen paper.
  2. Meanwhile, poach the eggs. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and add a teaspoon of salt. Crack each egg into a small cup. Using a whisk, swirl the water and drop an egg into the middle. Turn down the heat and gently simmer for 2–3 minutes. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and plunge into cold water. Repeat with the remaining egg.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the frisée, lamb’s lettuce, chicory and chervil and gently toss together.
  4. To serve, pile the salad into two shallow bowls and top with the bacon and croûtons. Plunge the eggs into boiling water for 30 seconds to heat through, then drain and place on top of the salad.
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