Monday, May 26, 2014

Homemade Croutons & Quick Caesar Salad


I had some Getting Stale Sourdough staring at me yesterday so I thought, CROUTONS. And when I think of croutons, I think of CAESAR SALAD. This recipe is fast and easy and a definite crowd pleaser. Well if your crowd loves anchovies like I do. Never fear, something about the lemon juice tones the little fishes down (although I have no problem eating them right out of the can). 

Ingredients:
a couple of slices of bread
1 head of romaine lettuce
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil
2 lemons (I like Myer Lemons)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can of anchovies (I like Wild Planet)
parmesan cheese, grated


Cut bread into little squares


Arrange on a baking sheet and put into oven at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping half way through.


While the bread is becoming a crisp and crunchy crouton, peel the garlic, juice the lemons, and cut half the can of anchovies into little slices.


Mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, and anchovies in a bowl. I say 2-3 tablespoons of oil because you definitely want more lemon juice than olive oil, but who knows how juicy those lemons are. You may have to adjust your ratio. And on that note, who is to say how large that head of lettuce is. When you dress your salad, pour a little at a time. They say when you are going out that it is always better to be overdressed...but I definitely do not think this applies to salads. Nothing worse than an overdressed salad!

Next, using a Garlic Press add garlic and mix well. Many Caesar Salads add a raw egg. I have been known to on occasion. If you decide to, add it here and beat well. The dressing will become a bit more frothy. Remember pastured eggs are the best, especially if you are going to be using them raw. You won't catch me eating a raw factory farmed egg.


When the croutons are out of the oven, add a bit of olive oil and a splash of the dressing to a pan and flip croutons around to coat. Cook for about two minutes.


Then toss the dressing and grated parmesan cheese (about a tablespoon or so) with chopped lettuce and top with croutons and the leftover little fishes. Simple and oh so good.

Enjoy.


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