Friday, December 31, 2010

Mama Ozzy's Caesar Salad

I love Caesar salad in all forms, but this is my absolute favorite. It is bright and lemony and packs a whopping garlic punch. The dressing is more of an aioli or mayonnaise than the classic Caesar dressing and I like it because it really clings to the Romaine leaves and holds all the delicious parmesan cheese in place.

I almost never add croutons to this salad, but that doesn't mean YOU can't. I prefer to eat this with a home made focaccia bread... better than any croutons!

Don't be afraid of the anchovy paste... the last thing this salad tastes like is fish. The anchovy paste just rounds out the flavor of the creamy dressing.

Mama Ozzy's Caesar Salad
Serves 8-10

2 heads Romaine lettuce, washed, dried and torn into bite size pieces

juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp salt
3 cloves garlic
1 egg yolk
1 cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
grated parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade combine lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, salt garlic cloves and gg yolk. Process until well mixed and garlic is finely minced. With processor running, add the olive oil in a thin stream until dressing coalesces into a loose mayonnaise.

Pour dressing over Romaine lettuce in a large serving bowl and toss to coat the leaves. Add grated parmesan cheese and toss again. Serve immediately with freshly ground black pepper.

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