September 3, 2009

Heavens to Betsy! Homemade Caesar Salad, to die for!

I made a Caesar salad (inspired by my food crush P-Dub) from scratch tonight, it was amazing! Here's what you need to make it happen:

whole lot of romaine (maybe 2 bunches)

4 tbsp mayonnaise (none of that fakey fake MW business, however tempted you may be by its tangy zip)
2 tbsp lemon juice
dash of Worcestershire
5 tbsp olive oil
dash of salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
almost 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 french bread loaf, cut into cubes
1/4 cup olive oil
heaping tbsp minced garlic
dash of salt

Rinse the lettuce, take it apart and put it in a very big bowl. You can tear it up or leave it whole, your choice. Make your dressing by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in a small prep bowl until mostly un-lumpy. Make your croutons by mixing your oil, garlic and salt in a bowl, then coating your bread cubes in the mixture. When they're all coated, lay them out evenly on an ungreased cookie sheet. Set your oven to broil, put the cookie sheet with the cubes on it in there for a minute or so. Watch them, you don't want to turn them into tiny charcoal briquettes. When they're golden brown, take them out and let them cool slightly. Toss your lettuce with the dressing. then add your delicious warm croutons. Add more Parmesan if you want. This salad will definitely make your family and friends roll in the floor in fits of pleasurable agony, and you'll definitely receive several marriage proposals. Best case scenario, your sweetheart will have a new-found appreciation of your grasp of the "lost arts." :) Enjoy!!!


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