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Frico Salad
Servings: 4 servings

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dry white wine
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup olive oil

1 pound medium red potatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps thickly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 shallot, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 pound Italian provolone cheese, coarsely grated (2 2/3 cups)
10 cups tightly packed trimmed watercress (4 bunches)
2 cups tightly packed radicchio leaves, torn into bite-size pieces

In a small bowl, blend vinegar, wine, mustard, anchovy paste, salt,
pepper, garlic, shallot and oil and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water and bring
to a boil over high heat. Boil until tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain and let cool slightly. Peel the potatoes and slice them 1/4
inch thick.

In a large nonreactive skillet, warm 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive
oil over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the mushrooms in an
even layer and cook undisturbed until browned on the bottom, about
3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately high, season with salt
and pepper and sauti until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the butter,
garlic and shallot, reduce the heat to moderately low and cook,
stirring, until the shallot is tender, about 4 minutes. Scrape the
mushrooms onto a plate.

Set the skillet over high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil
and when it is very hot, add the potatoes in an even layer. Season
with salt and pepper and cook undisturbed until brown on the bottom,
about 4 minutes. Turn the potatoes and stir in the mushrooms. Add
the wine and cook, stirring, until absorbed. Add the lemon juice,
thyme, and rosemary and remove from the heat. Season with salt and

Warm a nonstick medium skillet over moderate heat for 1 minute.
Measure out 1/3 cup of the grated cheese and sprinkle it into the
skillet in a 6-inch round. Cook the cheese until it melts and
becomes a lightly browned disk, about 4 minutes. Loosen the frico
from the skillet and slide it onto a plate to cool; it will crisp
up as it cools. Repeat to make 7 more disks. Set 4 frico disks on
a work surface. Reheat the potatoes and mushrooms in the skillet
and spoon the mixture evenly onto the disks. Drizzle about 1/2
tablespoon of the dressing over each serving and top with a second
frico disk. With a large sharp knife, quarter each filled frico.

In a large bowl, toss the watercress and radicchio thoroughly with
the remaining dressing. Mound the greens on 4 large plates and
arrange a quartered frico on top of each salad. Serve immediately
with a knife and fork.


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