Michael Ruhlman's Salad with Bacon and Poached Egg

Circle B Kitchen

Adapted from Michael Ruhlman's, Twenty

This salad was so incredibly delicious. I used a combination of spinach and baby greens, but any greens you like will work great in this. I also used turkey bacon, which I cooked under the broiler. I sautéed the shallots in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and then added the crumbled bacon to the pan and proceeded with the recipe as written. As I said, it really was so very yummy.

8 ounces thick-cut bacon, cut into lardons

2 large shallots, sliced

8 ounces arugula (or any greens of choice)

4 large eggs

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil for the eggs.

In a medium (10-inch) skillet over high heat, heat the bacon with 1/4 cup water. Once the water is evaporated, lower the heat to medium-low and continue cooking the bacon until it’s beginning to crisp.

Add the shallot to the bacon and cook until it’s wilted and translucent and the bacon is crisp, about 3 minutes more.

Put the arugula in a salad bowl and spoon the bacon-shallot mixture over the greens (you may want to leave some fat behind, depending on how much there is in the pan and the quantity of greens). Toss together to evenly coat.

Meanwhile, crack the eggs into individual small bowls or ramekins. Lower the water to a simmer and carefully add the eggs one at a time. Cook gently until the white is completely set but the yolk is still runny, 3-4 minutes.

Sprinkle the arugula with the vinegar (start with less and add to taste). Season with salt and pepper and divide amongst plates or bowls. Top with poached eggs and serve immediately.