Thursday, March 28, 2013

On using up ingredients

No one likes good food going to waste. So when I have to buy an ingredient that will leave me with surplus, I try to plan another recipe for the week that uses the same ingredient.

Brent has been making homemade pizzas (that are amazing) since Christmas of 2011. My favorite one he makes uses fresh arugula sprinkled on top after baking. It's SO good. But it uses just a handful of arugula...and we can only get arugula here by the plastic-binful. They sure cram a LOT of it into those containers!

What to do with all the leftover arugula?

Thankfully, a friend of ours shared a recipe with us for a warm arugula salad, and it's really yummy. Bacon lovers, get excited.  Brent and I will usually make this salad the day after making pizzas, heating up leftover pizzas for the kiddos. 

Warm Arugula Salad

arugula (around 8-10 oz)
6 strips bacon, diced
2 shallots, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup walnuts 
ground black pepper to taste

1. Place arugula in salad bowl and set aside. 

2. Brown diced bacon in skillet. Add in the shallots and saute with bacon until shallots are translucent.
Add olive oil to bacon/shallots and heat until just warm.  

3. Pour this mixture over arugula, add in vinegar and mix well. The heat from bacon mixture will wilt arugula slightly which is what you want.

4. Add ground black pepper, top with nuts, and serve.

It is surprisingly filling...and we generally eat this as our entire meal. I hope you enjoy!


Jen Kershner said...

I am of the same mind. It drives me crazy to think of throwing food away. That salad looks yummy. You had me at bacon and walnuts.

Anonymous said...

I love arugula so I'm excited to have another recipe to use it with. Dad loves it all the way back from our Italy days when we were first introduced to it.
Thanks for the recipe!


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