Candied Pancetta, Goats Cheese & Aged Balsamic Salad


This recipe is taken from the gorgeous, What Katie Ate blog. The blog is done by Katie herself, who is a food photographer. Her recipe’s are so simple, yet so effective. Exactly the style of cooking I love; keeping things fresh and simple but using unique and quality ingredients with small touches that accentuate flavours and colours. I love her salad featured below, a great one for a Sunday lunch, just serve with some warm, crusty ciabatta, mmmm…

 

RECIPE: Candied Pancetta, Goats Cheese & Aged Balsamic Salad

You’ll need:
2 x bags ‘leafy-style lettuce’ aka not the stalky bitter stuff or such, try and get two or three different types (no iceberg!) Or as would be a more preferred option – one of two heads of fresh lettuce.
1 x punnet of cherry tomatoes sliced in half, I like to mix up whatever ones/colours are in season.
1 x bunch of spring onions/scallions, sliced (optional)
1 x large handful of cashew nuts
1 x ruby red grapefruit (Note: this variety is less sour, I wouldn’t recommend using a reg. grapefruit if you can’t find a ruby red one, omit is no ruby varieties are to be found).
1 x block of good goats cheese (or you can use Persian feta)
12 very thinly sliced, good quality pancetta
1 x tbsp runny honey or maple syrup
Method:
1. Wash and dry lettuce, slice tomatoes into halves or quarters, break feta or goats cheese into chunks (size is up to you). 2. Peel and de-pith your grapefruit, slice into segments. 3. Into a large serving bowl, place the lettuce, tomatoes, spring onions, cashews, grapefruit, goats/feta cheese (I normally do it in 2 or 3 layers so all the good stuff isn’t just sitting on the top) and set aside. 4. Place the pancetta into a baking tray and drizzle a tablespoon or so of honey (or maple syrup if you prefer) over the meat. 5. Grill the pancetta (keeping a good eye on it as the honey can cause it to burn easier) and when cooked, cool slightly then crumble all over the salad.
For the dressing:
4-6 tbsp good aged balsamic vinegar 1 large dollop (large tbsp) wholegrain mustard
Combine and drizzle all over salad.

Salad results: 19 Sept 2010
My gorgeous sister made this salad for her boyfriends parents on the week-end, apparently it did the trick and impressed…See below for her pic.

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