Friday, May 9, 2014

Simple Caesar Salad

I absolutely adore Caesar Salad. I think a lot of people do. Most restaurants have one on the menu. But it isn't something that a lot of us make at home. (at least not from scratch with the homemade dressing) I might just be speaking for myself, but I am really intimidated by the anchovies (scary!) and the raw eggs. 

So when I found this recipe that used Worchestershire sauce for the anchovies and mayonnaise for the eggs, I really dying to try it. 

Simple Caesar Salad
Serves 4 to 6
Garlic Croutons
4 cloves garlic
A generous 1/4 cup pure olive oil
2 packed cups 3/4″ bread cubes, cut from a good-quality baguette or Italian loaf
Large pinch of salt
3 romaine hearts, separated into whole leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire
5 tablespoon pure olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano Reggiano), plus extra for sprinkling.

We started making the croutons.  I was a little nervous to do this. Nobody actually makes homemade croutons, do they?

Just cut the bread and then toss it in a bowl with olive oil, salt and lots of garlic.  Then brown them up in a pan. Ours took between 5-7 minutes in a hot skillet. We did two separate batches so we would have lots of room in our pan. 

 The dressing was simple to whip together in a bowl and the mayonnaise in it helped it stay incorporated without too much effort to whip it together.

We found great lettuce and chopped it up. Not much easier than that! 

And WaLAH! The finished product. It tasted as delicious as it is beautiful.  My husband helped and we had it done in less than 1/2 hour and we added a cooked grocery store chicken for protein and it was a great dinner. 

This was the first time for a couple of the kids having a Caesar Salad. And they fell in love with it.  We had some croutons left over and they got munched down for a snack pretty fast.  I would make this for company in a heart beat and it would be impressive.  Don't be afraid to try it on your own. This will have you bragging about your salad skills to everyone!