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Gem Lettuce with Crème Fraîche, Breakfast Radishes and Toasted Breadcrumbs
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 8 to 10 servings, plus ½ cup extra dressing
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup crème fraîche, at room temperature
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup loosely packed fresh basil
½ cup loosely packed fresh tarragon
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
4 oil-packed anchovy fillets, drained and coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
8 heads of gem lettuce, leaves separated or 4 hearts of romaine, leaves torn
5 breakfast radishes, thinly sliced
Zest from one Meyer lemon
1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Toast the breadcrumbs: Preheat the oven to 350°. Toss the breadcrumbs with the olive oil and spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Set aside.
2. Make the dressing: In a blender, combine the crème fraîche, olive oil, basil, tarragon, chives, vinegar, lemon juice, anchovies, garlic, salt and pepper and blend until well combined and smooth. Transfer to a bowl. If the dressing looks thick, whisk in 1 tablespoon of water.
3. In a large bowl, gently toss together the lettuce, radishes, Aleppo pepper, salt and ¾ cup of the dressing until every leaf is evenly coated. Top with breadcrumbs and lemon zest and serve.