December 15, 2014

Wedge Salad with Prawns, Blue Cheese & Bacon

Serves 6
Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 15 minutes
Allergy Shellfish
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish, Starter
Misc Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
This is a wonderfully satisfying salad-meets-meal, and has two of our favorite things: bacon and prawns!


  • 3 heads Iceberg Lettuce (outer leaves removed, quartered into wedges)
  • 1lb bacon
  • 24 Large prawns
  • 1/2 cup Ratto's Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 dash soy sauce
  • 1 rosemary sprig (choppes)
  • 8oz Roquefort or Gorgonzola Picante
  • 4oz plain, cream topped yogurt
  • 2-3 tablespoons Ratto's White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Small shallot (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (minced)
  • salt & pepper
  • red chli flakes


Step 1
Clean and devein prawns.
Step 2
Marinate prawns in 1/4 c olive oil, garlic, salt & pepper, a few red chili flakes and rosemary.
Step 3
Cook bacon on a rack in a parchment-lined deep sheet pan in a 350 degree oven, turning once, until perfectly crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels. Reserve fat.
Step 4
Make dressing: Combine cheese, remaining olive oil, yogurt, vinegar, shallot, thyme in a food processor. Add salt and pepper & correct seasoning.
Step 5
Sauté prawns in bacon fat until just pink and curled, turning once. Sprinkle with a dash of soy sauce, plus salt and pepper.
Step 6
To plate, place Iceberg wedge pointing up. Drizzle a generous dollop of dressing on the wedge & plate. Top with crumbled bacon & prawns.

Buffalo Butter

Take your toast (or beurre blanc, sauce mounting, and more) to the next level with this exquisite butter. Dating back in tradition, made with the cream from the production of Mozzarella di Bufala, Delitia Buffalo Milk Butter is amazingly flavorful, delicately rustic, and deliciously aromatic.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Smoked Salmon Sandwich

For the week of Monday, December 15th through Saturday, December 20th, Ratto’s will feature a delicious smoked salmon sandwich on Acme levain with cream cheese, horseradish cream, fresh dill, cucumber and capers for $8.75. Each week, we select from the freshest ingredients, including Zoe’s Sustainable Deli Meats, Acme Bread, fine imported cheeses, boldly-flavored condiments, and locally-sourced vegetables to create a mouth-watering sandwich special. The sandwiches will be announced online, and posted on the chalkboard in the store.