How great is Salad Lyonnaise? Lyon is considered the meat
capital of France, and yet the city’s most famous, and reproduced dish is
probably this simple frisee salad. Now that’s some delicious irony.
worry…this salad is far from vegan. The mildly bitter greens are dressed in a
shallot and Dijon dressing, it’s spiked with a generous handful of crispy
lardons, or bacon in my case, and topped with a runny egg.
By the way, unless you’re some kind of crazy person, you’re
going to need some crispy croutons or crostini to finish this masterpiece off.
Here’s a link to the ones I used for this, sans Parmigiano-Reggiano. You’ll
also want to taste and adjust the dressing to your liking. I use a 2-to-1, oil
to vinegar ratio, as I think you need some acidity to cut the richness of the
bacon and egg yolk, but you may not want it as sharp.
As I joked about in the video, this is so tasty, it may be the only salad
that has a chance to be picked as someone’s last meal. There’s good, and then
there’s death row good. Anyway, I’ve been dying to film this old favorite, and
I really hope you give it a try soon. Enjoy!
For 4 generous portions:
2 heads frisee lettuce, aka curly endive, or use arugula
8 oz bacon (or pancetta if you want to experience something
closer to real lardons)
1 tbsp chives
For the dressing (makes extra, about 1 1/2 cups total):
1 generous tbsp minced shallots
1 generous tbsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup sherry vinegar
1 cup lightly flavored olive oil
I’ve wanted to do this little demonstration for a long time now, and it has nothing to do with proving people wrong. Okay, that has a little bit to do with it, but mostly I really want people who could be enjoying “the good stuff,” but don’t because they think it’s too expensive, to finally realize that’s not the case.
As you’ll see, a little bit of real, imported Parmigiano-Reggiano only costs about 20 cents per serving. Basically, for the price of a large gumball, you could be enjoying this world-class cheese. Of course, some people still won’t buy Parmigiano-Reggiano, even after seeing this.
For them, cost really has nothing to do with it. This is a convenient excuse they use because they secretly enjoy that stuff in the green canister. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. To each his own, but at least be honest, and don’t claim frugality as your motivation.
By the way, I edited this video while in New York visiting family, and somehow lost a small portion of the audio. So, in the middle of the clip you’ll hear a change in the quality, from the usual mediocre sound, to something much worse. I didn’t want to wait until I got back into the studio to re-record, so I’m posting as is.
Nevertheless, I hope I’ve persuaded some of you to switch over to what you should have been using all along. As a wise man once probably said, “Life’s too short for fake cheese.” Enjoy!