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Fennel and white bean salad

Time 30 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Fennel and white bean salad
1

Prepare your coals using a chimney starter. The coals will be ready when each briquette is glowing slightly and has a thin coating of white ash. Spread the prepared coals in your fire pit or grill. Adjust your grate or rack a few inches above the coals.

2

Heat a cast-iron skillet for a few minutes until hot, then add the bacon and saute until crisp, stirring occasionally. Strain the bacon and reserve 2 tablespoons of the grease in the pan to cook the fennel (save the additional grease for another use). Place the strained bacon into a medium bowl.

3

Add the sliced fennel to the pan and saute until it just starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the fennel and garlic from the heat, and add to the bacon.

4

Gently stir the beans into the fennel and bacon mixture, then stir in the minced fennel fronds, lemon juice and zest, cumin and olive oil. Season with a couple dashes of Tabasco and one-fourth teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper, or to taste. Serve immediately or within a couple of hours.

Adapted from a recipe by Jeremy Jackson.

Noelle Carter is the former Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen director. She left in January 2019.
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