Monday, February 04, 2013


serves four 

4 slices bacon (preferably double-smoked), cut crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices
1/2 cup chicken stock
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
fine sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 pair shad roe (preferably jumbo)
wondra flour, for dusting
2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 head frisee

Make the sauce: Place bacon in a medium skillet, and cook over high heat until bacon is golden and just crisp. Remove 2 tablespoons bacon, and drain on a paper towel-lined plate; set aside. Continue cooking the remaining bacon until very crisp but not blackened. Transfer to a fine sieve; discard bacon fat. Transfer crisp bacon to the jar of a blender.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil over high heat. Add butter, piece by piece, whisking constantly until incorporated. Add the chicken-stock mixture to the blender, and blend on high speed until bacon is pureed. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside in a warm place until ready to serve.

Cook the shad roe: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Using a sharp knife, trim shad roe, and divide into 2 pieces, being careful not to tear the membrane. Pour flour into a shallow bowl, and season with salt and pepper; dust pieces lightly with the flour.

In a medium nonstick ovenproof saute pan, heat grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add shad roe, and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn, and transfer the saute pan to the oven until roe is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from saute pan, and set aside while preparing salad.

Make the salad: In a large bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Whisk to combine. Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly, until combined. Add frisee and the reserved bacon; toss to combine.

To serve: Slice the shad roe crosswise on the bias into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Divide among four plates. Spoon the bacon sauce over, and serve immediately with the frisee salad on the side.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Chef Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, 155 W 51st Street, New York, New York 10019; Martha Stewart Living Television

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