Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons


CAESAR SALAD WITH HOMEMADE CROUTONS
FOR THE DRESSING:

1 1/2 C mayonnaise
1/2 C olive oil
3 T lemon juice
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 C shredded Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoon anchiovy paste (optional, but sure is good!)
4 cloves garlic
Salt & pepper to taste

FOR THE CROUTONS:
3 C cubed bread, like Italian or French bread
1 stick butter, melted
1 T onion powder
1 T dried parsley
1 T garlic powder
Salt & pepper to taste

1 head of Romaine lettuce, stems removed and rough chopped
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the dressing ingredients together in a blender or food processor.

Mix all of the crouton ingredients together in a bowl, making sure to coat the bread well with the butter.  Bake on a single layer on a sheet pan for 13-20 minutes, depending on the size of the cubes.  (After 13 minutes, bake five minutes at a time until all of the croutons are completely dry.)

Toss the Romaine with the dressing and top with croutons and fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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