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Grilled Bartlett Pear and Frisee Salad with Rabbit Loin and Warm Bacon Dressing

Grilled Bartlett Pear and Frisee Salad with Rabbit Loin and Warm Bacon Dressing

20 Prep Time
15 Cook Time
4 Servings
This recipe, courtesy of Chef Ethan Stowell of Seattle, takes a fresh approach to entree salads by incorporating rabbit.
INGREDIENTS
  • Warm Bacon Dressing
  • 8 ounces slab or thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Salad
  • 2 Bartlett pears, ripe but firm
  • 3 heads frisée, trimmed, washed and spun dry
  • 4 rabbit loins, silver skin removed
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS

For the dressing, place diced bacon in a heavy bottomed pan. Cook over medium heat until bacon renders most of its fat and becomes crispy, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain fat and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk mustard, shallots, and red wine vinegar until well incorporated. Gradually add extra virgin olive oil. (The dressing won’t stay emulsified—don’t worry.) Add bacon and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside at room temperature until needed.

To make the salad, preheat a grill according to the manufacturer’s directions. Cut pears in half, from top to bottom, remove center of core with a melon baller and cut each half into four equal pieces. Brush pear slices with extra virgin olive oil and set aside until ready to grill.

Season rabbit loins with salt and freshly ground black pepper, brush with extra virgin olive oil and set aside until ready to grill.

Grill pear slices for one minute on each side, or long enough to give pears a grilled appearance and flavor, but not overcook them. Work in batches if necessary. Set grilled pears aside at room temperature when finished.

Grill rabbit loins 2 to 3 minutes per side or until they are almost cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then slice on the bias.

To serve, combine frisée, grilled pear slices, and sliced rabbit loin in a large mixing bowl. Spoon as much warm bacon dressing as desired over salad, season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix thoroughly. Serve with plenty of warm bread.

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