This article was written for Annabel & Grace, which is now part of Rest Less.
I know it is freezing cold outside and you might well be, like me, sitting inside wearing fingerless mitts. However nippy it gets I still crave the freshness of a salad and when I came across this amazing combo from Jamie Oliver, I couldn’t resist trying it and then – because I am a kind soul – sharing the recipe with you.
Candied bacon green salad
Ingredients (serves 4)
For the salad:
12 rashers organic streaky bacon
3 slices fresh white bread
Freshly ground black pepper
2 heaped tbsp demerara sugar
Juice of clementine
5 large handfuls mixed salad
Small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
For the creamy dressing:
6 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
3 tbspn white wine vinegar
Heaped tspn Dijon mustard
Heaped tbspn natural yoghurt
Salt and pepper
How to prepare
To make your dressing, put all the ingredients into a large serving bowl, whisk together, and season to taste. You want it to be slightly too acidic, so add a splash more vinegar if you think it needs it. Put to one side.
Get a large frying pan on a medium heat, add the bacon rashers and cook until lightly golden (but not really crispy), turning them every so often. Remove the bacon to a plate. Squash your garlic clove and add it to the pan, then turn the heat up a little and tear your bread into medium-sized chunks. Drop them into the pan so they suck up all the flavours and become crispy. If your bacon didn’t release a lot of fat and you think the bread needs a little help to crisp up, simply add a lug or two of olive oil. Add a pinch of black pepper and shake the bread around until crispy and golden, then remove to the plate with your bacon.
Wipe the pan clean with kitchen paper, then put the bacon back in with the sugar and the clementine juice. Concentrate on what you’re doing, and make sure you don’t touch or taste anything at any point because it will burn you. Stir everything around in the pan so the syrup starts to stick to the bacon. As soon as the rashers are perfectly caramelized and sticky, use tongs to carefully move them to an oiled plate and leave to cool down for a minute. Whatever shape you leave the bacon in at this point is how it will set, so give the rashers a bend or a twist. Peel the remaining clementines and slice them into rounds.
Grab your bowl of dressing and add your salad leaves. Halve the pomegranate and use a spoon to knock the back of each half and pop the seeds over the salad. Add your mint leaves, then use your hands to toss and dress everything thoroughly. Lightly toss your croutons through the salad and lay your candied bacon on top then pass the bowl around the table and let everyone serve themselves.