Frisée Salad with Feta and Mint Dressing

After gorging myself for four days on a diet of fatty pork, deep fried shellfish, eggs and carbs, I felt like I needed to cleanse my insides in the same way a frat house needs to be cleaned after a raucous party. Still, the taste of New Orleans lingered in my mouth and I longed for another porky bite of smoked Andouille or a creamy poached egg.

Poached egg

This was my compromise, inspired by a dish I had at Donald Link’s Cochon. The original was a layer of grits topped with thick slabs of Andouille, fava beans, feta and a tangy mint dressing. It was one of the best dishes we had that evening and I fell hard for the combo of the smokey sausage with the mint and feta.

After convincing myself that my readers would like to see some Acadian cooking on this blog, I headed out to try and find some descent Andouille here in Manhattan. While I was out, I came upon a head of locally grown frisée that was so big, you could have attached it to a pole and mopped a gymnasium floor. While bigger doesn’t always mean better, it was delightfully fresh and at $2.59 a head, I couldn’t resist.

Like an unruly head of hair, frisée looks more like a mass of jagged tendrils than an edible member of the daisy family. While I’d take grits over a salad any day, I was trying to go at least a little healthier and was hoping the tangled mass of fiber would act like a sponge and magically undo all the fat and cholesterol I’d ingested over the past few days.

This salad made for a filling meal that captured some of the flavours of Link’s dish with a little less guilt on your dietary conscience. If you’re a vegetarian, or are being more serious about the health thing, you could leave out the sausage and still have a delightful salad with plenty of protein from the egg and cheese.

for dressing
2 Tbs chopped mint
2 Tbs olive oil
1 lime juiced (about 2 Tbs)
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp kosher salt (less if you use table salt)
pepper

1 medium head of frisée torn into bite size pieces
2 eggs
2 Andouille sausages

Whisk the dressing ingredients together adjusting with honey and salt until it has a well balanced salty-tangy taste with just a hint of sweetness.

Add 2″ of water to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water. Turn down the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Crack the eggs into individual ramekins. By lowering the eggs into the water from a ramekin we can avoid creating any unnecessary turbulence in the water that turns the white into inedible fluff.

Gently lower the whole ramekin into the water, tipping it to “pour” the egg into the bottom of the pan. Repeat with the other egg. Fold 2 paper towels into quarters and put on a plate. When the eggs are set on the outside, but still soft in the middle, remove from the water with a slotted spoon and place on the paper towels to drain.

Put the sausages in a microwave safe bowl and submerge with water. Microwave until the water boils then drain the water. This plumps the sausages and makes the casing taut so it gets nice and crisp when you fry it. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium high heat until very hot. Put the sausages in the pan and brown on two sides. Remove from the pan and cut into 1/2″ thick slices.

To serve, toss the frisée with the feta and just enough dressing to coat each tendril. Put down a nest of frisée and feta then top with the slices of sausage and a poached egg. Spoon any remaining dressing on the egg and top with a little salt and pepper.

  • http://chefholly.typepad.com/ Holly

    I love frisee salads with egg, and to add andouille yum. Did you bring the sausage home with you?

  • http://chefholly.typepad.com/ Holly

    I love frisee salads with egg, and to add andouille yum. Did you bring the sausage home with you?

  • http://smitaservesyouright.blogspot.com/ smita

    You should do shopping tours/walks of manhattan!

  • http://smitaservesyouright.blogspot.com smita

    You should do shopping tours/walks of manhattan!

  • katiek

    I had a poached egg today, except I ate it will hash browns…

    Anyways, I went to a “southern” restaurant the other day and we had frisee that was shock braised if you will. It was half cooked half not, loaded with flavor, carmelized.

    It was really enjoyable. The only depressing thing is that it disappears and shrink in front of your very eyes.

    A salad is nice for the fiber needs. Can you feel yourself getting thinner?

  • http://kitchenisdecar katiek

    I had a poached egg today, except I ate it will hash browns…

    Anyways, I went to a “southern” restaurant the other day and we had frisee that was shock braised if you will. It was half cooked half not, loaded with flavor, carmelized.

    It was really enjoyable. The only depressing thing is that it disappears and shrink in front of your very eyes.

    A salad is nice for the fiber needs. Can you feel yourself getting thinner?

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com/ Christina@DeglazeMe

    Frisee is one of my favorite salad greens! I love the texture, flavor, and delicate green color. And anything with a poached egg gets a thumbs-up in my book!

  • http://www.deglazeme.blogspot.com Christina@DeglazeMe

    Frisee is one of my favorite salad greens! I love the texture, flavor, and delicate green color. And anything with a poached egg gets a thumbs-up in my book!

  • http://www.practicallydone.com/ helen

    I guess frying the egg in duck fat or frying the sausage in lard is antithesis to a cleanse…

  • http://www.practicallydone.com helen

    I guess frying the egg in duck fat or frying the sausage in lard is antithesis to a cleanse…

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca/ Peter

    Well composed salad, Marc. Some feta in the dressing (chunks) would be a natural too!

  • http://www.kalofagas.ca Peter

    Well composed salad, Marc. Some feta in the dressing (chunks) would be a natural too!

  • http://www.sophiesfoodiefiles.blogspot.com Sophie

    MMMMMMM..a lovely & yummie spring salad !!!! love it!!

  • http://www.sophiesfoodiefiles.blogspot.com/ Sophie

    MMMMMMM..a lovely & yummie spring salad !!!! love it!!

  • http://staceysnacksonline.com/ Stacey Snacks

    Simple and beautiful salad.
    I just bought a head of frisee, but it looked sad with some browning at the bottom.
    I bought it out of desperation.

  • http://staceysnacksonline.com Stacey Snacks

    Simple and beautiful salad.
    I just bought a head of frisee, but it looked sad with some browning at the bottom.
    I bought it out of desperation.

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com/ elra

    I love frisee, surprisingly enough, some will find this a little bit too bitter. Have you try Mizuna? If you like frisee, you are going to love mizuna. It’s nutty and delicious, almost like wild arugula/rocquette only much tastier.
    Happy week end,
    elra

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com elra

    I love frisee, surprisingly enough, some will find this a little bit too bitter. Have you try Mizuna? If you like frisee, you are going to love mizuna. It’s nutty and delicious, almost like wild arugula/rocquette only much tastier.
    Happy week end,
    elra

  • http://www.thedailyspud.com/ Daily Spud

    Very stylish salad Marc and I love the combination of mint and feta, it’s a favourite.

  • http://www.thedailyspud.com Daily Spud

    Very stylish salad Marc and I love the combination of mint and feta, it’s a favourite.

  • http://www.danatreat.blogspot.com/ Dana

    That is a gorgeous head of frisee! I love it but can never find it as pristine as yours. The ones I can find are almost always going brown and very expensive so I usually pass.

  • http://www.danatreat.blogspot.com Dana

    That is a gorgeous head of frisee! I love it but can never find it as pristine as yours. The ones I can find are almost always going brown and very expensive so I usually pass.

  • http://myscones.com/ Joannah

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Joannah

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  • http://myscones.com Joannah

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

    Joannah

    http://myscones.com

  • http://www.justgetfloury.com/ Ginny

    Yummy! that looks so great! :)

  • http://www.justgetfloury.com Ginny

    Yummy! that looks so great! :)

  • Chef-at-heart

    This dressing sounds simple and fantastic. I am going to make it tomorrow!

  • Chef-at-heart

    This dressing sounds simple and fantastic. I am going to make it tomorrow!

  • http://alchemistchef.blogspot.com/ Caitlin

    I have never had a frisee salad with poached eggs and bacon/sausage. It is definitely on my “to make and eat” list…yours looks fabulous!

  • http://alchemistchef.blogspot.com Caitlin

    I have never had a frisee salad with poached eggs and bacon/sausage. It is definitely on my “to make and eat” list…yours looks fabulous!

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