Friday, March 06, 2009


12 large eggs
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 oz. baby spinach (about 2 c), rinsed & crisped
3 oz. frisée lettuce leaves (about 2 c), rinsed & crisped
about 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 3 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
about 1/4 cup olive oil
1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
about 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/3 cup shredded parmesan or manchego cheese
8 oz. thick-cut bacon, sliced

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 c warm (110°) water. Let stand until yeast is softened, about 5 mins. Stir in 1 tsp salt & 1 tbsp olive oil. Gradually stir or, with an electric mixer on lowish speed, beat in 3 1/2 c flour until mixture forms a soft dough. If using a dough hook, beat on high speed until dough no longer feels sticky & pulls cleanly from bowl, 5 to 7 mins. If dough is still sticky, beat in more flour, 1 tbsp at a time. If kneading by hand, scrape dough onto a lightly floured board. Knead until smooth, springy, & no longer sticky, 15 to 20 mins; add flour as required to prevent sticking. Place dough in an oiled bowl; turn dough over to coat top. Cover up dough with plastic wrap & let rise in a warm place until doubled, 35 to 45 mins. Punch dough down, cover, & chill up to 8 hrs (see notes). Meanwhile, stir bacon until browned & crisp, in a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, about 5 mins. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Reserve 1 tbsp bacon drippings to dress greens, if desired. At least 2 hrs before serving, remove dough from refrigerator & let this stand at about room temp for 45 mins (see notes). Scrape onto a lightly floured board & press carefully to expel air. Divide dough into four pieces. Cover up with plastic wrap & let rest 10 mins. Roll or carefully stretch one piece at a time into a 13- by 7-inch oval about 1/16 inch thick. Place each on an oiled & cornmeal-dusted 12- by 15-inch rimless baking sheet; if necessary, stretch dough to reshape. Brush each oval with about 1/2 tbsp olive oil & sprinkle with about 1/3 c cheese. Arrange a quarter of the cooked bacon evenly over each. Bake flatbreads two at a time in a 450° oven for 10 mins. Remove from oven & crack 3 eggs onto each oval (for firm-cooked eggs, crack eggs onto flatbread 5 mins into baking). Sprinkle top lightly with salt & pepper. Return flatbreads to oven, & bake this until crust is well browned, switching pan positions, 5 to 8 mins longer. Meanwhile, In a large-ish bowl, mix 1 tbsp olive oil or reserved bacon drippings & the vinegar. Add spinach & frisée & mix to coat. Slide each flatbread onto a cutting board or plate. Mound dressed greens equally on top. Cut each oval in half lengthwise, then crosswise into eight slices. Add salt & pepper to taste.

courtesy of: Group Recipes: Food Social Network

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