Place bacon in a hot skillet over low heat. Cook completely to render fat. Remove lardons from skillet and reserve on paper towels. From the skillet remove 2 tablespoons of rendered fat to a bowl. Add shallots to fat. Stir in mustard and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in oil until dressing is emulsified.
Toss chicory pieces with bacon, vinaigrette and croutons.
Copyright Michael Lomonaco 1998