Warm Bread Salad of Crispy Pancetta, Parmesan and Poached Egg

This is a Jamie Oliver Recipe for a really tasty and 'posh' looking salad.
You can use any salad leaves that you like. The pancetta must be thinly sliced.


1 Loaf of Ciabatta
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Clove of Garlic
Sea salt and Black Pepper to Taste
12 Sliced of Pancetta
Juice of 1 Lemon
4 Large Eggs
3 Handfuls of Rocket
1 Lettuce (Oak leaf lettuce looks nice)
100 g Parmesan Cheese


Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas6.

Leave the eggs in their shells at this point (you will need to poach them later on).
Shave the Parmesan with a vegetable peeler and put to one side.
Peel and slice the garlic.

Remove the crusts from the ciabatta and discard. Tear the bread into finger sized pieces. Put them on a baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil and toss with the garlic and seasoning. Bake for 10 minutes until the bread is crisp.

Lay the pancetta over the bread and bake for about 5 more minutes - until that's also crispy.

Mix the lemon juice with 8 tablespoons of olive oil and season.
Put a big pan of unsalted water on to boil.

In a large bowl, toss the salad leaves, pancetta, bread and the dressing together. Divide between 4 plates.

When the pan is simmering, gently crack the 4 eggs into the simmering water to poach. Simmer for 4 minutes if you like a soft egg, or to your liking.

Place an egg on top of each salad and add the Parmesan shavings.
Serve straight away - Don't let the eggs get cold!


  1. That looks really good Jan! I love salads. I could live on them!

  2. That salad looks good. I really like the thought of the egg yolk running all over the salad.


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