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Salad with Pancetta Crisps, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and Pear

Crisp pancetta slices complement Brussels sprouts in this main-dish salad. Find delicately salty ricotta salata at cheese shops, or use fresh goat cheese.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1 head Boston lettuce (about 1 pound), torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 red Bartlett pear, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces ricotta salata, thinly sliced

Cook's Note

Try preparing pancetta in the oven for hands-off, even cooking. No need to line your baking sheet -- the pancetta's fat will keep it from sticking. The trick works for bacon, too!

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. On a rimmed baking sheet, arrange pancetta in a single layer. Bake on lower rack until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain; set aside. On another rimmed baking sheet, toss Brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake on upper rack until tender, 18 to 20 minutes, tossing once.

  2. Step 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar and remaining oil; season with salt and pepper. Add lettuce, pear, and Brussels sprouts; toss to combine. Divide among four serving plates, and top with ricotta salata and pancetta.

Source
Everyday Food, September 2008