How to Rid Your Yard of Dandelions
What is the best strategy to eliminate those pesky dandelions from your lawn? Eat Them — That’s right. Make a classic Salade Lyonnaise (Salade Lyonnaise is a classic bistro salad where either frisee (curly endive) or dandelion greens are tossed in a hot bacon dressing and topped with poached eggs). In the old days, people actually planted dandelions in their yards to eat them. Dandelion greens are highly nutritious and an excellent source of vitamin A, C, and K. Loaded with minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Dandelions are filled with anti-oxidants and reported to fight inflammation, reduce cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and help you lose weight. So instead of spraying chemicals — eat them.
What is your favorite way to deal with dandelions?
Note: Read the Full Recipe to Decide How You Cook Your Eggs BEFORE making the recipe.
PREP: 5 minutes | COOK: 11 minutes | 4 servings
- 4 ounces slab bacon, cut into 1/4 inch thick strips (lardons)
- 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, divided
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (Fallot is the absolute best)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 ounces dandelions or frisée (curly endive)
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- Cook the bacon until lightly browned over low heat, about 3 to 5 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, combine about 4 tablespoons of bacon fat, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and the mustard. whisking constantly, until everything is incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the bacon and dandelion greens and toss until mixed and coated with the dressing.
- Divide the salad between 4 plates. Top with egg and serve.
TIP: This salad is fantastic with the addition of boiled potatoes or toasted brioche croutons.
How to Cook a 63 Degree Egg
So you bought yourself a home immersion circulator and you want a really easy dish to conquer before moving onto more serious proteins. Give this simple egg preparation a try to up your game instantly, or at least in 1 hour.
Drop 6 farm-fresh eggs into a pot of water with your Anova Precision Cooker (circulator) set to 145 degrees Fahrenheit (roughly 63 degrees Celsius). Cook for 1 hour. When they are done crack them into a bowl and eat the creamiest egg of your life. Really, That’s it!
How to Poach an Egg
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, bring 2 quarts of water and the remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar to a rapid boil. Crack the eggs, one at a time, into a ramekin, adding each to the water. Reduce the heat to medium-low and poach the eggs until the whites are set, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, place an egg on top of each salad and serve.
Green Shallot Pancakes with Red Dandelion and Bacon topped with a 63 Degree Egg
A stunning dish whose inspiration was borrowed from a recipe for onion pancakes with dandelion greens and bacon from Georgeanne Brennan’s delightful book ‘My Culinary Journey; Food and Fetes of Provence’.
green shallot pancakes
- 1 cup flour
- 2.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1.25 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup green shallots (chopped)
- 1/2 tsp Piment d’Ville (if you can’t find the good stuff then use espelette peppers.)
- 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
- 4 slices cooked bacon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 sweet onion (sliced)
- 1 bunch dandelions
- 4 — 63 degree eggs, see recipe above
green shallot pancakes
- Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix eggs and buttermilk together, then whisk into dry ingredients. Be careful NOT to over whisk — a few lumps are ok.
- Add chopped green shallots and seasonings and let sit for 30 minutes.
- After you are done cooking your bacon, remove and let sit on paper towels. Add your sliced onion and saute over medium heat for ten minutes, or until slightly brown and just beginning to caramelize a touch.
- Blanch dandelion greens in boiling salted water. Drain, then rough chop and add to cooked onions.
- Cook pancakes as you would any other pancake. I usually offer two pancakes per person. Top with a spoonful of the dandelions then a 63-degree egg. Serve a slice of bacon on the side.