Bacon-Wilted Greens with Warm Pecan-Crusted Goat Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 center-cut bacon slices, cut into lardons

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 apple, such as Gala, Granny Smith, or Honeycrisp, skin on, cored and diced

Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

8 cups tender kale, stemmed and cut into chiffonade

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar 

3 tablespoons very finely chopped pecans

One 6-ounce log goat cheese

1 small apple, such as Gala, Granny Smith, or Honeycrisp, skin on with core, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Directions

  1. Line a plate with paper towels. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat and set aside. 
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to the prepared plate. Pour off all but a film of the grease on the bottom of the pan. (Just eyeball it instead of trying to measure, but it should be just about 1/2 teaspoon; discard the remaining grease.) 
  3. To make the salad, return the skillet to low heat. Add the onion and the diced apple. Season with salt and pepper. Add the kale; cook until the kale begins to wilt, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Add the vinegar; cover, and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat, taste, and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. 
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to broil. Place the finely chopped pecans in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Roll the goat cheese log in the pecans to evenly coat. Refrigerate until firm if necessary, then cut evenly into 6 rounds and place each round of cheese on the sliced apple. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and broil until the cheese is melted and browned, 3 to 5 minutes. 
  5. To serve, divide the kale salad among the plates. Top with an apple-cheese round and garnish with the reserved bacon. Serve immediately.

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