For our recent "Cooking with Michael" night, I used a couple of the recipes from the It's All Here episode and prepared Spaghetti all'Amartriciana and Whole Leaf Caesar Salad. Now the theme of the show was using pantry items and I had everything needed for the salad. Our garden provided the romaine lettuce. I had leftover Ciabatta, the Kneadlessly Simple way, and the rest of the ingredients in the pantry or frig.
Now I have tried a number of Caesar dressing recipes and this rates with the best. One of the unique things about this version of the salad is using whole leaves of lettuce and finger-size croutons. The idea is to eat the salad with your fingers, and I must admit, it works that way. Kenny loved the idea and the salad. One good thing about the recipe is it makes enough dressing to use later.
Whole Leaf Caesar Salad
adapted from Michael Chiarello
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 or 4 anchovy filets, minced
1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Romaine lettuce leaves
Freshly grated Parmesan
In a large wooden salad bowl, add the egg yolk, anchovies, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and a dash of Worchestershire. Stir with a fork, crushing the garlic and anchovies. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to create a thick emulsion. To serve, toss the lettuce and croutons in just enough dressing to coat. Store the remaining dressing in the frig for use later. Yield: 4 servings.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 cloves garlic, chopped
8 slices ciabatta bread
6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute Add the bread and stir to coat. Toss the bread occasionally until both sides are golden brown.