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Hot Potato and Frisee Salad

With some good bread and a glass of wine, a large portion of this hearty salad can serve as a main course.

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 1992


  • 1/2 pound slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 bunches frisee, torn
  • 12 ounces Roquefort, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound small red potatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons clarified butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped


  1. In a small saute pan over medium-low heat, cook the bacon, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp. Discard fat and drain the bacon cubes on paper towels.

  2. Combine bacon, frisee, and Roquefort in a mixing bowl, reserving a little bacon and cheese for garnishing tops of salads. Whisk together vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper, and set aside.

  3. Peel potatoes and cut them into quarters. Rinse in several changes of water and dry thoroughly. In a large, heavy saute pan or iron skillet, heat clarified butter over medium-high heat and add potatoes in no more than 1 layer (you may have to cook the potatoes in 2 batches). Brown thoroughly on 1 side before turning. Cook potatoes until brown on all sides and tender when pierced with a fork. Add garlic to pan and cook for a minute longer, or until garlic is lightly toasted.

  4. Add enough of the dressing to the bowl of greens to dress lightly, reserving a little for drizzling on the potatoes. Divide the salad among 6 plates and top each with some of the hot potatoes.

  5. Drizzle a little of the remaining dressing over the potatoes, garnish each salad with the reserved bacon and cheese, sprinkle with more pepper, and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To make clarified butter, melt 1/2 pound (2 sticks) of unsalted butter in a saucepan over low heat. Skim off any foam, then strain into a bowl through two layers of cheesecloth. Discard any watery residue at the bottom of the pan. Clarified butter can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 month or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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