Warm kidney and bacon salad

Kidney-lovers will adore Matt Tebbutt's hearty warm salad for lunch or a light supper
By Matt Tebbutt
Warm kidney and bacon salad
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 9-10 cm square piece of bacon, sliced into 3cm x 1cm batons
  • 6 lambs kidney, split in half lengthways and white core removed
  • knob butter
  • 2 large handfuls frisée lettuce, washed

For the shallot puree

  • butter, for frying
  • 3 banana shallots, diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • double cream, for moistening

For the croutons

  • oil, for frying
  • 4 slices of day old white bread, crust removed and cut into 1cm cubes

Method

1. For the puree: melt a knob of butter in a heavy-based pan over a low heat and gently sweat the shallots with the bay leaf for about 30 miutes, until they are really soft.

2. Add a splash of cream and increase the heat until the cream bubbles. Remove the pan from the heat and, using a slotted spoon, transfer the shallots to a blender (don't add all the liquid from the pan until you know the consistency you have after blending). Puree the mix and add a little more liquid from the pan if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set the mixture aside until ready to serve.

3. For the croutons: heat a little oil in a heavy-based shallow pan and fry the bread cubes until golden on all sides. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.

4. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and mustard, then slowly pour in the oil and whisk until emulsified into a dressing. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and set aside.

5. Cook the bacon in a heavy-based pan until crisp and golden brown. Remove from the pan, and chop.

6. Season the kidneys on all sides with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Melt a knob of butter in the bacon frying pan, and add the kidneys, colouring then for about 2 minutes on each side and shaking the pan. They should still be a little pink in the middle. Remove them from the pan and leave them to rest for 1-2 minutes, then drain off any blood.

7. Put the bacon and kidneys back in the pan over a gentle heat to warm through. Add the croutons and a drizzle of the dressing and toss over the heat again for a minute or two.

8. To serve, dress the lettuce with the remaining dressing and arrange on serving plates. Add a couple of dollops of shallot puree, sprinkle over the bacon pieces and then top with the warm kidney and scatter over the croutons.

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