This Roasted Romaine Caesar Salad takes a classic dish and ups the ante just a tad with a lightly charred romaine that adds a new depth of flavor to an old favorite. The salad features a silky smooth and creamy dressing, homemade and lightly seasoned croutons, and freshly shaved, salty parmesan!
Pair with a zippy, crisp Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling.
- 2 cup torn french bread or country loaf
- 2 ½ tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 3 heads romaine lettuce
- Shaved Parmesan
- Black pepper
- 1 oz anchovy filets in olive oil, about 6 filets
- 8 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp parmesan cheese, finely grated
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tps dijon mustard
- 1 egg yolk
- Pinch kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 Fahrenheit. Tear the bread into roughly 1 inch chunks and spread onto a large baking sheet in a single layer. Drizzle with two tablespoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon sea salt, and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder, and toss until evenly coated and seasoned. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until crisp and lightly browned.
- Halve romaine heads lengthwise and place on two large baking sheets. Lightly drizzle romaine with remaining ½ tbsp of olive oil, and bake for 6-7 minutes, or until romaine is lightly charred.
- Prepare caesar dressing by adding anchovies, olive oil, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, dijon mustard, egg yolk, and kosher salt to a food processor, and blend until silky smooth.
- Note: you can also use an immersion blender. Or blend by hand by crushing the anchovy filets into a paste, and then whisking the remaining ingredients together until silky.
- Assemble salads by layering roasted romaine heads onto a serving platter. Drizzle evenly with the caesar dressing, top with homemade croutons. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
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