|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 30g||39%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||27%|
|Total Carbohydrate 35g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 12mg||61%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Legend has it that the Caesar salad originated at Caesar's Restaurant in Tijuana in 1924. For whatever reason, this story is the subject of controversy, and it's not altogether clear why. It had to originate somewhere, and a restaurant called Caesar's seems as likely a place as any.
Caesar salad dressing was originally made with a coddled egg. But doing it this way is just borrowing trouble. For one thing, it's an extra step. But also, if you overcook the egg, you'll have trouble emulsifying the dressing. It's easier to use raw egg yolks, and since that's the way most Caesar salads are made these days, it'll turn out like what you're probably accustomed to. Use pasteurized eggs if you're concerned about raw eggs consumption.
The real key with a Caesar salad is to make the dressing immediately before you serve it. If you let the dressing sit, it can separate. Also, nothing will sink a Caesar salad like limp, wilted lettuce. Always store lettuce correctly to keep it crisp and fresh.
1 head Romaine lettuce
2/3 cup olive oil, divided
1 small baguette, or small loaf of crusty bread
1 clove garlic
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large lemon, juiced
1 ounce anchovy fillets
2 large egg yolks
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
Gather the ingredients.
Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and thoroughly dry them, then cut them into bite-size pieces and refrigerate them in a colander (or the basket of a salad spinner), covered with a wet paper towel.
Trim the crusts from the bread and cut into 1/2-inch cubes. You want about 2 cups of bread cubes.
Heat a sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and heat for another minute. Add the bread cubes and sauté until crispy and golden. Remove the bread and drain it on paper towels.
In a glass bowl, mash the garlic and anchovies together with a fork so that they form a paste.
Combine the egg yolks with the garlic-anchovy mixture and add the lemon juice. Beat until smooth.
Slowly drizzle in the remaining olive oil while whisking continuously. Season the dressing to taste with kosher salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Add half the grated cheese.
Transfer the chilled lettuce to a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the leaves and toss until coated. Add the croutons and toss again. Plate the salad and serve it immediately, so that the croutons don't get soggy. Top with the remaining cheese.
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs poses a risk of foodborne illness.