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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Home Made Caesar Salad - Number 5!

Oh my gosh, I'm in HEAVEN!

Today, my son Rob taught me how to make homemade Caesar Salad.
My favorite!
You just can't get the same taste from a bottle!

Here is the recipe and instructions in case you'd like to try it!

You will need the following ingredients:

1 fresh egg yolk

1 clove garlic, minced very finely or grated. Rob used a microplane zester for this.
It really shredded the garlic clove into a fine paste. He explained that the smaller you mince/shred the garlic, the more area is exposed, the stronger the taste. So we only used one clove of garlic and buddy, it was STRONG!

 Zest from about 1/3 lemon. 

About 3 inches of anchovie paste (from a tube) or 1 anchove fillet, finely mashed. I loved using this anchovie paste. I found it at the market near the canned fish. It's nice because it will keep a long time in the tube, so there's no waste.

A mixture of half olive oil and half vegetable oil. You can use one or the other if you prefer, but I like the flavor of the mix.

One head of romaine lettuce. (per person)

 Good parmesan cheese, grated.

Croutons (optional)

Salt and Pepper to taste

A Whisk

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Here is how he put it together:

  • Separate the yolk and put it in a bowl.
  • Save the eggwhite for another day
  • Add garlic
  • Add lemon zest
  • Add juice from the lemon (1/2 or whole, depending on how sour you like it)
  • Add anchovie paste
Begin whisking ingredients together gently, 
but firmly, 
using a back and forth movement.
Do not whisk so hard you make foam!

Once these ingredients are really well mixed 
you will add the oil, 
pouring it VERY SLOWLY.

I can't express how important it is to add the oil SLOWLY, almost a dribble, 
as you continue to whisk with the other hand. 
If you add the oil too fast,
the dressing will "break" or separate.
As you add the oil and whisk, whisk, whisk,
the dressing will get thicker and thicker.  

Add oil until you are happy with the thickness.
It can be as thin or thick as you like.
I prefer it very thick!

Taste the dressing and adjust the ingredients to your taste,
adding salt and pepper to season.
Now, this will make enough for about 4 servings 
so if you're one person, take about 3/4 of the dressing out 
and you can keep it in a container for several days safely.  
Add the lettuce and toss. 
Add the cheese and croutons and toss.

OH.... MY.... GOSH!
This is the BEST salad!


Make a meal of it by adding a sliced grilled chicken breast on top!

Buen Provecho!

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