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Warm Goat Cheese and Potato Salad

Yield 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large Yukon gold or red potatoes
  • Vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cracked pepper, divided
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 pound torn frisée or gourmet salad greens
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Warm Goat Cheese Fondue
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cut into thin wedges
  • Parsley Oil
  • Chili Oil

How to Make It

  1. Cut potatoes into rectangular blocks; dice trimmings.

  2. Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Fry diced potato in oil 2 minutes or until golden. Drain and set aside. Fry potato blocks 6 minutes or until golden. Drain and place in a shallow baking pan.

  3. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until tender.

  4. Sprinkle diced potatoes and potato blocks with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cool.

  5. Boil 1 cup balsamic vinegar in a heavy nonstick skillet until reduced to 1/2 cup; set aside.

  6. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp; remove bacon, reserving 1 1/2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.

  7. Add remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar to reserved drippings, stirring balsamic dressing well.

  8. Combine diced potato, bacon, frisee, and next 3 ingredients in a large salad bowl; drizzle with balsamic dressing, and toss gently. Arrange salad evenly on individual salad plates; stand potato blocks upright in center. Cut a slit in top of each potato block; insert 3 or 4 apple wedges in each slit. Spoon Warm Goat Cheese Fondue onto plates; spoon over potato, if desired. Drizzle plates with reduced balsamic vinegar, Parsley Oil, and Chili Oil. Serve immediately.