Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bacon salad with farmhouse cheese dressing

Lunch for our Irish meal today was this beautiful salad topped with a lovely farmhouse cheese dressing. I was a bit cautious about this salad dressing, but oh my goodness, it was wonderful! The sauteed apples and bacon mixed with the warm dressing was a delight...crunchy, soft and tangy all rolled into one! I made fresh soda bread to go with this salad, and it was the perfect complement. This recipe also came from my Irish Food & Cooking cookbook, and I can't believe I haven't tried it before. Give this one a try, even if it's not St. Patrick's Day.

Bacon salad with farmhouse cheese dressing
For the salad:
2 tbs olive oil
4 oz. bacon, diced
1 eating apple, cored and chopped
2 small heads of lettuce
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper

For the dressing:
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tbs cider
2 oz Camembert-style cheese, chopped
a dash of cider vinegar

1. Heat 1 tbs of the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the diced bacon. Cook over a medium heat until crisp and golden. Add the chopped apple and cook gently for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and softened.

2. Tear the lettuce carefully into bite-sized pieces.

3. To make the dressing, heat the sour cream, cider, cheese and vinegar together in a small pan over a low heat until smooth and creamy. Dress the lettuce with some of the remaining oil and lemon juice and season to taste, then divide among the four plates. Place the warm apple and bacon on top, then drizzle over the dressing.

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