So when I found some great bacon from the Amish farmer, along with lovely new potatoes and green beans, I was ready to whip up a simple Belgian dish my mom used to make, salade liegoise. The flavors are tangy (from the vinegar) and smoky (from my excellent bacon) and, with some nice bread and a glass of rosé, it makes a great one bowl meal. Serve it warm.
5 strips of bacon, cut into lardons, or short ½ inch strip
1 lb green beans, trimmed
8 new potatoes (red or yellow, I prefer yellow)
1 shallot, finely chopped
A handful of chopped parsley
Red wine vinegar (to taste)
Salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes until tender (15-20 minutes) in plenty of salty water and remove from the boiling water using a slotted spoon. Put the green beans into the same boiling water and boil until tender but not too soft, about 12 minutes. While the green beans are cooking, peel the potatoes and cut into bite-size pieces.
In a large frying pan, cook the bacon pieces until crisp.
Put the green beans, potatoes, and chopped shallots in a big bowl. Add bacon, parsley, and red wine vinegar to taste. Season with salt and pepper.