Friday, May 20, 2011

FFWD - Bacon, Egg And Asparagus Salad

                      I loved this salad on so many levels.

Level One: I didn't think I would.  Seriously?  Eggs, asparagus and Dijon vinaigrette? Did I read that right?




But I LOVED this salad!  Actually we both, (my husband and myself) LOVED this salad!!!

Level Two:  In the "olden days" (pre-FFWD) I would have passed right by a recipe like this in fear of stepping out of my/our "taste bud comfort level".   Oh ye of little faith I was!

Level Three:  ASPARAGUS!!!  I needn't tell you about my love of asparagus, do I? 
I didn't have a lot (asparagus) to go around, and I wanted the most bang for my asparagus buck, so I halved them (something I've never done before) and I ROASTED them (something I always do).  Yeah baby!


Level Four:  Bacon! Need I say more?


Now, here comes the tricky part... I'm not a runny yolk type of gal.  Never have been and never thought would be. So, for the egg portion of this recipe (found on page 130 of Around My French Table), I opted to fry my eggs, in olive oil!!!



Level five:  I've NEVER cooked my eggs in olive oil before but always wanted to fry  try it.  At first, I was going to do a hard yolk center but at the last minute of basting (did I mention the olive oil? LOL) I turned off the heat and screwed up my courage to have a semi-soft yolk instead.  You can call me brave heart!

Level six:  I added toasted pine nuts.  Buttery little nuggets of nutty goodness.  Pine nuts are my friend!


Level Seven:  Calling hubby up for dinner and seeing the surprised look on his face when he saw the completed dish and exclaimed "Egg Salad?" THAT'S what we're having for dinner tonight?  Um...yeah. What did you expect...meat and potatoes? HA!




Eighth and Final Level:  The combination of flavors here are exquisite! The buttery smooth texture and taste of the semi-soft egg yolk mixed with the tangy bite of the Dijon vinaigrette.  The slight crunch of the pine nuts and crisp bacon combined with the delicate and tender leafy greens.  Oh, and let's not forget the undeniably mild and delicious taste of the asparagus that tied all the flavors together neatly on one plate.

All that and then some. 

The look of delighted surprise on both our faces as we experienced something that we weren't quite expecting was in itself, rewarding.  I think I must have said to my husband at least three times last night "I feel like we're sitting in a little Paris bistro", and seriously, isn't that what food is supposed to be all about?

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:



If you'd like to check out all the other wonderful home cooks interpretations of Dorie's  Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Salad, you can do so here as it's always fun to see (and read) their experiences. 



Heck, you may even want to join us as we travel the pages of "Around My French Table" together.  It's a lot cheaper than a trip to Paris and "almost" as much fun :)


Until we eat again!



As requested, here is the original recipe (in photo form) as written by Dorie Greenspan  from her cookbook "Around My French Table".  As you can see from the final photo from the cookbook, I made my eggs quite a bit different than called for in the recipe.




Until we eat again,


23 comments:

  1. Your salad looks delicious! I love the bright colors.

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  2. I have the biggest smile from reading your post. That empty plate is the best picture of them all.

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  3. Empty plate = :D
    I love that you made this with a fried egg too - will definitely have to try this out!

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  4. Looks perfect! I love a good fried egg. My mom said that her mom used to fry eggs in olive oil all the time when she was younger. :)

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  5. The handpainted tile is AWESOME at multiple levels!!!!

    Love pinenuts. Such little rich nuggets. And that plate of cooked bacon...oh my!

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  6. Great post! I compromised a bit on the egg too, but we also LOVED this salad.

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  7. What a cute post! And, the empty plate at the end was perfect.
    We loved this salad too. I agree with your husband, it felt like we were at a bistro at home.

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  8. Renee, pine nuts and fried eggs are the perfect addition to this salad! And that gorgeous tile you made of FFWD rocks!

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  9. HA! Loved the progression! Cute post.

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  10. Thank you all for the wonderful comments on my post. I'll be making the rounds sometime tomorrow to check out everyone elses completed dishes. Can't wait to see what everyone thought of this tasty and ususual dish.

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  11. Wow! That's all the things I love...asparagus, bacon and runny yolk eggs. Delicious!!!

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  12. This salad was a bit of a revelation, wasn't it. I loved your post - you're also a braver soul than I, since I couldn't bring myself to try the eggs even a little bit soft.

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  13. That empty plate means the salad is absolutely gorgeous! Crispy bacon and Dijon vinaigrette delicious :)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  14. Great modifications with the fried egg and pine nuts. Looks yummy.

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  15. Good for you for trying the egg and good for you for making such a wonderful and delicious salad that your *meat and potatoes* man was totally enthralled with it. Love pine nuts in my salads and I love bacon in them too. Your photos are wonderful Renee.
    This was such a happy post, you could almost *hear it in your voice*

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  16. Holy Mikey now this is my kind of cookin!

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  17. Where's the recipe?! I'd love to make this but I need a recipe. Thanks!

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  18. Home Cook, at the time I posted this, I was in a specific cooking club where the postings were to encourage the readers to go out and purchase copies of the specific cookbook. Hence, the actual recipes were to be omitted. Since I am no longer in this group, I'll post the recipe for you tomorrow. Right now I don't have the cookbook available to me. Thanks for asking and I'll happy to oblige :)

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  19. Thank you so much, Renee! It looks amazing and I can't wait to make it. :)

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  20. The Home Cook, You're very welcome. What I have done is taken photos from my copy of the cookbook "Around My French Table" so you can see the actual recipe as it was written by Dorie Greenspan. You can also see my notes on how I adapted it when I made it. You'll find all of this information below the original post. I hope this is helpful to you and that you don't have any problems with reading it. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
    Thanks for reading by blog :)

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  21. Renee - I don't see the photos from the cookbook. Did you already add them? If so they aren't showing up.

    Feel free to email me at tasteofhomecooking@gmail.com

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  22. You are very quick. I posted the comment before I posted the pictures. They are there now :)

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