Smoked Ham and Walnut Salad

Food & Wine
Inspired by a variety of French ingredients, Marcia Kiesel came up with this original--and delicious--ham salad. Pernod gives the vinaigrette an unexpected fennel flavor.
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Ingredients

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1/2 cup walnuts
2 tablespoons dried currants
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tablespoons Pernod
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 large garlic clove, minced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
6 cups packed frisée (about 6 ounces)
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
1 pound thickly sliced smoked ham, sliced 1/4 inch thick, then cut into matchsticks 1/3 inch thick

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Toast the walnuts on a pie plate for 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Let cool and coarsely chop.

2. In a small heatproof bowl, soak the currants in hot water until softened, about 10 minutes; drain.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the cream with the mustard, Pernod, vinegar and garlic and season with salt and pepper.

4. In a large bowl, combine the frisée with the onion and currants. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing and toss to coat. Transfer the salad to a platter. Put the ham in the same bowl, toss gently with the remaining dressing and arrange over the salad. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top and serve.

Make Ahead: The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 a day ahead. The walnuts and currants can stand, covered, at room temperature. The dressing can be refrigerated.

Created date

June 2004