Emeril’s Delmonico Peach Salad

Emeril’s Delmonico Peach Salad

Serves 4 as a first course. Recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse, Emeril’s Delmonico restaurant.

6 slices thick-cut bacon

2 tbls. bourbon

2 tbls. light brown sugar

8 ozs. arugula

Salt and pepper, to taste

3 tbls. Steen’s Cane Vinaigrette, or more to taste (see recipe)

2 ripe peaches, halved, pitted, and sliced

4 ozs. ricotta salata cheese, crumbled by hand

1/2 cup toasted pecans

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Place the bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine the bourbon and brown sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Once the bacon is starting to brown, baste the slices with the bourbon glaze and continue to cook until bacon is crisp and caramelized, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Remove from the oven and transfer to paper towel-lined plate to drain briefly, then cut the bacon into pieces 3 or 4 inches long.

3. Season the arugula lightly with salt and pepper and toss with enough of the vinaigrette to coat.

4. Divide the arugula evenly among 4 salad plates. Arrange the sliced peaches and bacon over the top of the salads, alternating slices of peaches and pieces of bacon in a shingled line over the arugula. Top with the crumbed ricotta salata and the toasted pecans. Serve drizzled with extra vinaigrette if desired.

Steen’s Cane Vinaigrette

Makes 2 cups

¼ cup plus 1 tbl. Steen’s cane vinegar

1⁄3 cup honey

3 tbls. minced shallot

1 tbl. minced garlic

2 tsps. Dijon mustard

¼ tsp. plus a pinch of salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 cup canola oil

In a medium nonreactive mixing bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, shallot, garlic, mustard, salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Allow to sit 5 to 10 minutes, then little by little whisk in the canola oil until completely incorporated. Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.