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Classic Caesar Salad

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Makes: 4 servings adjust
This is the classic, original Caesar's Salad, first offered by Caesar Cardini in 1924. This is a flashy, showy dish prepared and served by the cook at the table. Yes, it does call for raw eggs. For more info on safely using raw eggs in recipes, as well as alternatives, see my blog post at http://www.mybudgetkitchen.com/2010/04/10/ovoids-in-the-raw/

Directions

Ingredients

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce, cut into 1" thick strips (For a TRADITIONAL caesar salad, serve the leaves whole, with ribs attached, so that diners can eat the salad one leaf at a time with their fingers)

Step 1

My technique for cutting the romaine is to split the head in half, lengthwise, then notch out the core (the stem end). Then I turn it 90 degrees and cut, cross grain, into 1/2 to 1 inch strips. Do the whole head this way. If it's a small head do another one.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Step 2

Pour the olive oil into the bowl with the Romaine and toss lightly to coat all the leaves.

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves Garlic, Smashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Step 3

Add the garlic and the remaining olive oil and toss some more.

Ingredients

  • 12 teaspoon Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, I squeeze half a lemon right at the table.
  • 12 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 14 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 12 teaspoon Kosher Salt, If you are using regular salt use half.

Step 4

Squeeze the lemon. Dash in the worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle the salt, and grind in the pepper. This is where your showmanship can really shine.

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg, Raw

Step 5

Crack and drop in the egg (or pour in whatever subsititute you've selected). Toss vigorously. As the egg combines with the other liquids and the olive oil,it will begin to emulsify them, causing the mixture to thicken into a nice dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Garlic Croutons, You can use store-bought, but the French are going to laugh at you. Learn how to prepare your own.
  • 14 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Step 6

Dump in the croutons and grated cheese and toss lightly to combine them with the salad and to ensure some of the dressing gets on these ingredients.
 

Step 7

Immediately portion the salad into four bowls and serve. Revel in the applause of your appreciative diners and go get yourself a cold one.
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