CAESAR SALAD IN A PARMESAN BOWL

 

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  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation Time: 10

Ingredients

  • Caesar Salad Dressing/Salad
  • 6 flat anchovies (optional)
  • 4 cloves or garlic, minced
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS capers (optional)
  • 1 TBS grainy Dijon Mustard (I use Grey Poupon Country)
  • 2 1/2 oz red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 oz light olive oil
  • A few dashes of Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper to taste (more salt if you don't use the anchovies)
  • Head of Romaine Lettuce, rinsed and spun or blotted dry
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Additional shaved, shredded or grated Parmesan for garnish

Directions

  • Combine the first 7 ingredients ((if using anchovies and or capers...if not 5 or 6)in your food processor or blender. You could also use a mixer in a pinch. Pulse or blend until smooth. Slowly pour in the oil.
  • In a pot of boiling water, gently slide the eggs in one at a time for 2/12 minutes on the dot. Run them under cool water instantly and quickly one at a tip using a butter knife decapitate them...well they don't actually have a head but you get the idea, whack off the top 20% of the egg and pour into your bowl the yolk, discard the rest. It's kind of fun!!
  • Add in the Tabasco and Pulse/Blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Just prior to serving toss well with the romaine, tomatoes and whatever else you may be using.
  • Top with additional Parmesan, croutons and you are good to go.
  • To make a Parmesan Bowl, grab a baking sheet, place a piece of parchment paper on top of it, sprinkle in about a 4 to 5 inch circle some shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • Make sure it is even and you have no "holes". Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-6 minutes or until it is melted and edges begin to brown.
  • Remove from the oven, let rest for a minute them invert the parchment paper and gently pull it back, place cheese over a small bowl for about 30 minutes to shape and harden. These can be tricky but when they work they are too cute!
  • And go ahead, salt a clove or half a clove of garlic and pop one into your mouth...I won't tell!!
  • Enjoy!
  • Colleen

Notes

I absolutely love a Caesar Salad!!

My husband often refers to me as his "garlic girl"...I have a thing for garlic

which is probably why I just love Caesar dressing.

Often, when cooking with garlic, I sprinkle a bit of salt on a clove and pop it in my mouth...Yum Yum YUMMY!

Thank goodness I am not married to a vampire - not sure what I would choose...him or the garlic lol!

I have been making this version of Caesar Salad Dressing as long as I can remember - the old and crumpled recipe says Princess Cruise Lines on it and is signed by a head waiter. I have never been on Princess Cruise Lines and have noooo recollection who passed me this but I do enjoy it. I have adjusted it a bit over the years.

For pretty appetizer you can melt some Parmesan Cheese and make a cute bowl.

Serve your Caesar with grilled chicken or shrimp and call it a meal.

One of my favorite parts of a big Caesar Salad (besides the garlic) happens to be some shaved Parmesan....uuugh LOVE it! And you know I am popping chunks into my mouth and hopefully pouring a glass of wine to go with it...seriously a good piece of Parmesan deserves a closed eyes moment...aaah!

It's up to you if you want to add anchovies or not to your dressing, if you do not be sure to add in some Kosher salt / salt in their place.

I have seen so many variations of Caesar - I happen to like it with just Romaine, grilled chicken, halved grape tomatoes, a few croutons and shaved Parmesan.

But you can always add in some chunks of egg, pieces of crumbled bacon, thin slices of red onion and whatever else you fancy.

Can I just tell you I spelled Caesar wrong every time I typed it...ha!!! Thank goodness for spell check - I can cook but man I am a horrible typist and speller!

Categories: Appetizer  Dressing  Salad 

Author Credit: adapted from Princess Cruise Lines

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