Loin of Bacon with Warm Fennel, Rocket and Blue Cheese Salad


  • 1kg loin of bacon
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • Dash of wine vinegar

Warm Fennel, Rocket and Blue Cheese Salad

  • 1 tablesp. rapeseed or olive oil
  • 2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 60g rocket
  • 50g blue cheese, crumbled

Glaze and Dressing

  • 2 tablesp. oyster sauce
  • 1 orange, juice and zest


To cook the bacon: Place the bacon in a sauce pan with the peppercorns, bay leaf, onion and wine vinegar. Cover with cold water and lid. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and let simmer for an hour.


To make the glaze and dressing: Mix together the oyster sauce, orange juice and zest.


Pre heat the oven to Gas Mark 6, 200°C (400°F).


Remove the bacon from the water and place on a roasting dish lined with foil. Let it cool a little then score the fat with a sharp knife. Brush over half the glaze mixture and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil and allow to rest while you prepare the warm salad.


To prepare the warm salad: Heat the oil in a large pan or wok, add the fennel and garlic. Cook five minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally. Add the reserved oyster sauce and orange dressing.
Remove the pan from heat and stir through the rocket leaves. Taste and season. Remove to a serving bowl or platter and sprinkle over the crumbled cheese.


To serve: Slice the bacon and serve with the warm salad.

Loin of Bacon with Warm Fennel, Rocket and Blue Cheese Salad