Jul 29, 2016

BLT SaladRecipe from Weber's Charcoal Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance

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Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 2 head butter lettuce
  • 16 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 0.25 oz fresh thyme
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 shallots

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 8 slice bacon

Oil and Spices

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 0.125 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 0.25 tsp kosher salt

Condiments

  • 1.5 tbsp sherry vinegar

Other

  • 1 crusty sandwich rolls

Special Equipment

  • perforated grill pan

Ingredients


  • ½ pound thick-sliced bacon, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1½ tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pints cherry tomatoes, stemmed
  • 1 large crusty sandwich roll, split
  • 1–2 medium heads butter lettuce
  • 2–3 scallions (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F) and preheat the grill pan.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towels, reserving the bacon fat. Add enough oil to the bacon fat to make 6 tablespoons.
  3. In a small bowl mix the shallots, vinegar, thyme, salt, and pepper. Whisk in the bacon fat/oil mixture in a steady stream to make a dressing.
  4. Lightly coat the tomatoes with some of the dressing. Grill the tomatoes in the grill pan over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until their skins begin to char and crack, 5 to 6 minutes, shaking the grill pan with tongs to turn them. Wearing insulated barbecue mitts or gloves, carefully remove the grill pan from the grill and pour the tomatoes into a bowl.

  5. Brush the cut side of the roll with some of the dressing and grill over direct medium heat, with the lid open, until toasted, about 1 minute. Remove from the grill and cut into large croutons.

  6. Arrange the lettuce leaves in a serving bowl. Scatter the tomatoes with their juices and the croutons among the lettuce. Whisk the dressing one more time and spoon some of it over the salad (you may not need all of the dressing). Top with the bacon and finish with the scallions. Serve right away.

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