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My Caesar Salad

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Here’s my Caesar dressing. I’ve used this basic recipe for years. I love it. It makes me happy. It makes me groan.

This recipe permits plenty of tweaking, so have fun with it and make it yours!

Ingredients

  • FOR SALAD DRESSING:
  • 2 cloves Fresh Garlic (peeled)
  • 4 whole Anchovy Fillets
  • 2 Tablespoons (up To 3 Tablespoons) Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic (or Red Wine) Vinegar
  • ½ whole Lemon, Juiced
  • ½ cups Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 dash Salt
  • Generous Black Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cups Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • _____
  • FOR CROUTONS:
  • ½ loaves Crusty French Bread
  • ¼ cups Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves Fresh Garlic (peeled)
  • Salt To Taste
  • _____
  • For Salad
  • Dry Hearts Of Romaine Lettuce
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese

Preparation

Dressing:

Place anchovies into a blender or food processor. Throw in garlic, Dijon Mustard, Worcestershire and vinegar. Next, add lemon juice. Give it a good mix.

Pulse the processor or blend on low speed for several seconds. Scrape the sides. With the food processor or blender on, dizzle olive oil into the mixture in a small stream. Scrape the sides, and mix it again to thoroughly combine.

Add salt, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Pulse the whole thing together and mix until thoroughly combined.

Refrigerate the dressing for a few hours before using it on the salad.

Croutons:

Slice the bread into thick slices and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Throw them onto a baking sheet.

Heat olive oil in a small saucepan or skillet over low heat.

Peel and crush—but don’t chop—2 cloves of garlic and add them to the oil. Use a spoon to move the garlic around in the pan. After about 3 to 5 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the garlic from the pan.

Slowly drizzle the olive oil over the bread cubes. Mix together with your hands, then sprinkle lightly with salt. Bake at 200º for one hour, shaking the pan occasionally.

One hour after baking, crank up the heat to 400 degrees. Bake them on high heat for just a few minutes.

Salad:

Wash and dry hearts of Romaine lettuce, cut the lettuce with a knife. Use a vegetable peeler and shave off large, thin slices of Parmesan.

Drizzle about half of the dressing over the top of the lettuce. Throw in a good handful of the Parmesan shavings. Give it a good initial toss, just so you can evaluate how much more dressing you need.

Add more dressing and Parmesan to taste. Add cooled croutons. Toss gently.

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Launa Haywood on 3.5.2013

I can DELETE Anchivoes???

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Gammaroobob on 2.23.2010

This is a five star recipe, Ree! Took it to a dinner party and all wanted the recipe – which I happily shared with them. Ummmm, think I’ll have it tonight! WITH your Pasta with Bacon and Mushrooms – I don’t think it can get better than that!

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natalietodd on 12.26.2009

Delicious! Was a hit with steak on Christmas Day.

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Clabbergirl on 2.3.2011

I’ve made this so many times now, I know it by heart. When I make the salad, I start with the croutons, using 4 smashed cloves for the olive oil. I use the same garlic for the dressing. We usually do about 6 anchovies as well. Delicious!

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