Salad Lyonnaise: I Remember

December 29, 2010

salad lyonnaise recipe

This is a story about a poached egg –– pierced with a fork and spilled all over warm bacon and tangy frisee. But really, this is a story about remembering to breathe, breathe, breathe.

For the past couple of months I’ve been putting culinary school on the back burner — so to speak — to work on a writing project (an exciting one that I can’t wait to share with you soon). But in the mean time, I haven’t been cooking as much. I miss it. It feels like a lost friend or a faded photograph.

That’s why I’m going to tell you about salad Lyonnaise. Even if it’s December and you’d rather hear about gingerbread cookies or something dipped in peanut butter. Because last night, one thing led to another and there I was, firing up the range, spoon in hand, living in the moment.

Plunk. I slipped an egg into a pot of water.
Tink-tink-tink-tink-tink. My whisk hit the sides of a glass bowl.
Tssssss. Bits of bacon danced in a saute pan.

Outside it was cold. My neighbor’s Christmas lights flickered in the wind. Inside it was warm. And with every sound and every movement, I felt myself breathe, breathe, breathe.

Making garlic confit. Garlic cloves –– braised for 45 minutes in gently simmering oil until tender and sweet. Smashed into a paste and whipped with an egg and some oil into a creamy, earthy mayonnaise. Perfect for slathering on a piece of ciabatta and serving alongside this salad — with a warm bacon vinaigrette and a gooey poached egg.

Perfect for remembering to take a moment to cook. And to eat. And to breathe, breathe, breathe.


Salad Lyonnaise

Recipe from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon
Serves 4

Ingredients Poached Eggs:
4 large eggs
1 tbs. white wine vinegar

Bukit Mertajam Bacon Vinaigrette:
8 ounces bacon
2 tbs. dijon mustard
5 tbs. rendered bacon fat

6 cloves garlic
1 cup canola oil
1 large egg, room temperature
kosher salt, to taste

4 heads frisee
4 slices brioche
1 tbs. shallots, minced
2 tbs. chives, minced
1 tbs. tarragon
1 tbs. parsley
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste


For warm vinaigrette:
Cut bacon into small strips and fry them in a nonstick skillet until crispy. Set bacon aside and reserve rendered fat in a small bowl. Whisk together vinegar and mustard in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add rendered bacon fit, whisking until well incorporated.

For poached eggs:
Bring 4 inches of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add vinegar and reduce heat to simmer. Gently crack eggs into water and simmer fo 1 or 2 minutes or until egg whites are set. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon.

For aioli:
Peel garlic cloves and very gently simmer them in canola oil for 45 minutes or until very tender. Remove the cloves and smash them with a knife. Garlic will have a paste-like consistency. In a small bowl, beat garlic into a whole egg using a whisk. Slowly stream in garlic-infused oil, drop by drop, to create an emulsion. Season with salt.

For brioche:
Cut bread into triangular pieces and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Set pieces on a baking sheet and toast under a broiler until golden brown. Spread with thin layer of aioli and reserve.

For salad:
Cut off root ends of frisee and separate leaves. Toss with shallots, chives, parsley, tarragon and chevril. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with vinaigrette. Place egg on top, sprinkle with bacon and chives and serve with warm bread and aioli.[/print_this]

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Barb December 29, 2010 at 5:54 am

That sound yummy Courtney! I can’t wait to her about your writing project. Happy New Year!


Courtney December 29, 2010 at 8:36 am

You can never go wrong with a classic! I can’t wait to share it with you.


kendurbin December 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

@Epiventures I didn’t even notice any, I am excited to hear about your new writing project.


Epiventures December 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

@kendurbin well thanks for not noticing! hope you are hanging in there in the kitchen


5chw4r7z December 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

You make us wait almost a month for a new post, but was it ever worth it.
You keep finding new ways to blow me away with your creativity.
Thanks Courtney for blogging and cooking.
You give me lots to think about for the new year.


Courtney December 29, 2010 at 8:36 am

Thanks 5chw4r7z, as always. And congrats on all of your new opportunities. Here’s to hoping 2011 treats us (and our blogs) well.


npenny December 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm

@Epiventures I freaking love Thomas Keller. #roastedchicken


Epiventures December 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm

@npenny i am a thomas keller superfan. it’s actually kind of creepy.


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