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Cook the Book: Sausage Salad with Radicchio and Frisée

[Photograph: Caroline Russock]

By now we are all familiar with this simple fact: adding pork fat to virtually anything amps up the deliciousness factor tenfold. Usually it's bacon with all its flavorful grease—but what about other sorts of piggy additions? This recipe for Sausage Salad with Radicchio and Frisée from In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite by Melissa Clark is a play on a classic bacon vinaigrette using crumbled sausage where the cooking juices coat a bitter combination of radicchio and frisée.

Grilled Italian sausage with a simple salad is one of my favorite quick weeknight meals, especially when the rich, porky flavors of the sausage meld with the tartly dressed lettuce, so mixing the two in one bowl is kind of genius. The greens are dressed with the still-warm vinaigrette causing them to wilt just slightly and really absorb all of the richness from the dressing. Since you are inevitably going to be left with some at the bottom of the bowl, I'd recommend having at least a loaf or two of crusty bread for sopping purposes.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite to give away this week.

Adapted from In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite by Melissa Clark. Copyright © 2010. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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