|dining al fresco is even better with BACON!!!|
|the original recipe in Food and Wine|
Bacon Vinaigrette w/ Tomatoes and Basil:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 strips bacon cut into lardons
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
10 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small shallot, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced ( i use a garlic press)
1/2 cup chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste
Make sure to have all of your ingredients prepped and portioned before you begin cooking the bacon. Everything should be combined while the bacon is still very warm.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring until golden - about 7-8 minutes
Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the vinegar, tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and basil.
If you're not using it right away, let it cool, and store - in an airtight container -in the refrigerator. Re-heat in a skillet before using it.
That's it - so simple, and absolutely delicious.