Rocket, parmesan and olive salad with pancetta crumbs

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  • Serves 4 people

The pancetta crumbs add wonderful texture to this salad. Enjoy it with a glass of chilled dry riesling.

  • 150 gm Ligurian olives
  • 100 gm wild olives
  • 100 gm wild rocket
  • 1 bunch rocket, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juice only, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, or to taste
  • 50 gm Parmigiano-Reggiano, shaved
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  • Pancetta and herb crumbs
  • 100 gm coarse crustless sourdough breadcrumbs
  • 50 gm round mild pancetta, finely diced
  • 1½ tsp (loosely packed) thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch chives, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • For shallow-frying: olive oil
01   For pancetta and herb crumbs, combine all ingredients (except oil) in a bowl, season to taste. Heat oil (1cm deep) in a frying pan over medium heat, add crumb mixture and stir occasionally until golden and crisp (3-5 minutes). Strain through a fine metal sieve and set crumbs aside on absorbent paper.
02   Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients (except Parmigiano-Reggiano) in a bowl, toss gently to combine. Transfer to a serving platter and scatter with pancetta and herb crumbs and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

MEGAN MORTON AND LISA FEATHERBY

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Dec 2009

Dec 2009

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