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Salade des Gourmets Recipe

Salade des Gourmets

Rating 5-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Ideal Recipe for Entertaining
Graham

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A gourmand is a person who takes great pleasure in food. The word has different connotations from the similar word gourmet, which emphasises an individual with a highly refined discerning palate, but in practice the two terms are closely linked, as both imply the enjoyment of good food.

Our favourite restaurant on the banks of the river Oise in France is called La Petite Rôtisserie (65, chemin de Halage, 95610 Eragny) and it serves the finest Salade des Gourmets I have ever tasted. Every time I go there, I keep meaning to take a different starter course (and they have a wonderful selection), but most of the time I can't resist their Salade des Gourmets which is served on a large plate and, rather than heaping the salad high (as you see in the photo on the left), it is spread to cover the whole plate, with the meats cut into smaller pieces and distributed around the plate. It's both visually stunning, and a delight to eat.

Fine restaurants that serve a good Salade des Gourmets all have their own particular recipe. The one I include here is the one used by La Petite Rôtisserie but there are no rules - you make it up to suit your own preferences (and to suit what is available to you or otherwise).

      Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

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Ingredients for Salade des Gourmets

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to serve 4:
 
a mixture of tender salad leaves
2 slices
foie gras
2 large slices
smoked salmon
2 large slices
smoked ham (Parma, Bayonne, Smithfield)
8 slices
magret de canard
12
small cherry tomatoes
12
white (seedless) grapes
1 tablespoon
butter
16
fresh scallops
16
cooked prawns
a few
pine nuts
FOR THE VINAIGRETTE
3 tablespoons
sunflower oil
2 teaspoons
Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons
raspberry vinegar
 
salt and pepper
2 teaspoons
honey

 

How to Cook Salade des Gourmets

  1. Wash and dry the salad leaves and break them into small pieces about 1" - 1½" (2.5cm - 4cm) across. Spread these on four large plates so that the plates are covered in a single layer of leaves.
  2. Cut the foie gras, smoked salmon, smoked ham and magret de canard (if you can get it) into pieces about 1" - 1½" (2.5cm - 4cm) across. Distribute these on the plates, on and between the salad leaves. Cut the cherry tomatoes and grapes in two and similarly distribute them on the plates.
  3. Salade des GourmetsPrepare the vinaigrette... Mix the oil and mustard in a bowl, add the raspberry vinegar (you can use balsamic if you can't get raspberry) along with a shake of salt and a few twists of freshly ground pepper. Mix well and then add the honey.
  4. Pat the scallops dry and cut off the small side muscle, if present (normally it's removed by the fishmonger). Don't confuse this side muscle with the pink coral. The coral should be retained. This recipe is suitable for (1" - 1½") sea scallops rather than the small (½") bay scallops (queenies).
  5. Melt the butter in a frying pan (skillet). Add the scallops to the pan and cook for 1 - 1½ minutes on each side over a medium-high heat. Remove the scallops and add the prawns to the pan; cook for about 1 minute, turning frequently (this is just intended to warm them).
  6. Give the vinaigrette a final stir and drizzle over the salads. Distribute the warm scallops and prawns on the plates and serve with a good white wine (Beaumes de Venise or other quality Muscat).

 
Graham GRAHAM'S HOT TIP:
Avoid using hickory smoked ham. The flavour is too strong and will overwhelm the delicate tastes of this superb dish.
 
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Reviews of Salade des Gourmets

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again April 29 2014
Absolutely stunning both in appearance and taste. My guests absolutely raved over it, insisting I tell them all the 'dark secrets' (including that gorgeous raspberry vinaigrette). I couldn't get hold of magret de canard so simply bought a good duck breast, cooked it and allowed it to cool, then sliced it. It worked fine. And my husband and I enjoyed the remains of the foie gras the following day!

The scallops and prawns were just warm when they arrived at the table and I'm pretty sure that's what's intended. The flavour was just amazing. This isn't the sort of salad you would make every day. It's very simple, but not exactly the cheapest. Having said that, if you are entertaining, it's an absolute party stopper!
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