1/4loafday-old focaccia breadcut into bite-sized cubes
2 x 2oz.extra virgin olive oil
curry aioli dressing(see below for recipe or alternatives)
fresh cracked black peppercorn
Curry Aioli Dressing:
1cupextra virgin olive oil
1/2tsp.fresh cracked black peppercorn
2tsp.curry pastesuch as Patak's Original Madras Curry Paste
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium mixing bowl, add focaccia cubes and toss in 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil. Season with kosher salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste, and toss. Lay flat onto parchment paper-lined pan and bake at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Half way into baking, give the croutons a stir once to bake evenly. Set aside to cool.
Prepare Tomatoes & Kale:
In a small mixing bowl, add cherry tomatoes and toss in 2 oz. extra virgin olive oil. Season with a pinch of kosher salt and toss. Lay flat onto parchment paper-lined pan and bake at 350°F for 10 - 12 minutes, or until their skins have just broken. Half way into the baking, give the cherry tomatoes a stir once to roast evenly. Set aside to cool.
Rinse kale under cold water and drain. Tear each leaf into bite-sized pieces, but avoiding the stem. Discard stems. Pat dry with paper towel.
Curry Aioli Dressing:
In a medium mixing bowl, combine grated garlic clove and 3 egg yolks. Slowly pour in 1 cup extra virgin olive oil in a steady stream while whisking. Support the mixing bowl with a rolled-up moist towel, OR place egg yolks and grated garlic in a food processor and slowly pour in the extra virgin olive oil. Whisk or process until thickened. Do not over whisk or mix. Grate the outside of a lemon with a fine grater - minus the white flesh (this makes it bitter). Add a pinch of lemon zest, juice of 1/2 lemon to the aioli, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, fresh-cracked peppercorn, and curry paste. Mix lightly.
ALTERNATIVE: Mix 1/2 cup store-bought mayonnaise and 1 tsp. curry paste. Mix and use.
Cooking & Plating:
In a large salad bowl, toss in kale leaves and curry aioli dressing. Add juice of remaining half lemon, salt and pepper to taste, croutons, and roasted cherry tomatoes. Toss lightly.
Cut Double Smoked Farmer's Sausage into 2" thin strips. Bring a medium fry pan to medium heat and add about 1 Tbsp. of oil. Add strips of farmer's sausage to the pan and fry while stirring periodically. Strips are done when they start to curl and turn golden. Remove from pan and blot with paper towel to drain excess oil.
Portion salad into 4 bowls, add farmer's sausage strips, and top with remaining lemon zest. Serve.
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