Sunday, 18 January 2015

Poached Soft Egg & Bacon Salad

This has got to be one of my favourite salads at the moment and I call it my BREAKFAST salad.  If you unpack it, you could say it is a twist on a Caesar, but without the fluff.

The key ingredient here is the egg, so make sure they are free range and fresh!  According to Heston the best way to test if an egg is fresh or not ... drop a whole egg into some water - a fresh egg will sink, an old egg will float.

Poached Soft Egg & Bacon Salad

Serves 2

100g streaky smoked bacon, cut into bit sizes
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp oil oil
4 eggs
Pkt croutons store-bought
80g wild rocket
80g salad greens
30g Stilton, crumbled (optional)

Heat a non-stick pan, add bacon and cook over high heat for about 5 minutes until it is crisp and golden. Turn heat off and remove bacon from the pan and drain on some kitchen towel.  Whilst the pan is still hot add  lemon juice, mustard and oil and mix well, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze.  Pour dressing over a sieve into a small bowl and allow to cool.

Poach eggs in boiling water for 4 minutes - we need runny eggs. Remove and allow to cool.  

Divide rocket and salad  greens over 2 plates.  Add bacon and croutons.  Carefully place eggs on top. Crumble with Stilton if desired and drizzle with salad dressing. Season with salt & pepper.

~ Michelle ~