19 January 2009

Spicy Baby Caesar Salad with Crisp Parmesan Chips

Spicy baby Caesar Salad with Crisp Parmesan Crisps
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One of the sponsors of Foodbuzz is Earthbound Farms . They have some delicious recipes to offer including this one for Caesar Salad. This uses a slightly spicier, eggless dressing version of this classic topped with crispy Parmesan "chips". I also threw in some bacon for good measure.

**Spicy Baby Caesar Salad with Crisp Parmesan Chips**
by Chef Ted Walter, Passionfish Restaurant, Pacific Grove, CA

Parmesan Chips:

1 cup Parmesan cheese-grated

Croutons:

2 cups sourdough bread-cubed
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoon garlic-minced

Eggless Spicy Caesar Dressing:

2 tablespoons garlic ( I used 1/2 - 2 cloves garlic)
4 anchovies
3 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Tabasco to taste
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce

Salad:

Red or green baby romaine (3 baby heads per person), washed thoroughly, especially inside. (from Earthbound Farms)

Parmesan Chips:

Grease a cookie sheet. Lay Parmesan in thin 3" circles. Bake 5 minutes in 350 F oven. The Parmesan will crisp up as it cools.

Croutons:

Toss the bread in melted butter and garlic; toast in oven until golden.

Eggless Spicy Caesar Dressing:

Blend all dressing ingredients in a food processor. Season to taste. Toss romaine with dressing. Spread sourdough croutons over the lettuce, and place the Parmesan chips on top. Add more anchovies if desired.

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19 comments:

  1. Great minds really must think alike, Val. I just posted a Caesar salad recipe today too. Very different, though. Yours looks really interesting and molto delicioso!

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  2. This is a neat idea to make parmesan crisps to have with the salad.

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  3. I have been down and out with a terrible cold Val and missed some of your posts, I have to go back and see what I missed! I love these Parmesan Chips!

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  4. You know what would go great with this? Grilled shrimp!

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  5. I love Parmesan Chips! What a delicious salad!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I love this little taste of spice in my Caesar..very nice Val.

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  7. I've been wanting to make parmesan crisps...but just never get around to it. Yummy, right?

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  8. Thanks for posting this! I love Caesar salad, but the eggs have always scared me off, a bit.

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  9. When reading your post I was afraid the Parmesan Chips would be fried .. and I have, long ago, removed from my diet deep fried anything. And I love the idea of baking cheese flakes! I have to try this!

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  10. The crisps look great, perfect for a salad!

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  11. I love Foodbuzz and I love the look of this salad, especially the eggless dressing. The parmesan crisps is just the cheery on top!!!

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  12. the salad is quite nice, quite nice indeed. the parmesan crisps have my undying love, however. excellent.

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  13. I love the twist with the parmesan crisps. Don't we love Foodbuzz? What a great community.

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  14. Far out Val...& too yummy. I love the eggless dressing, as much as I love Foodbuzz. BTW, my precious thyme plants are now beginning to sprout tiny leaves. Can't wait to try the chciken you posted earlier!

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  15. I really like the addition of buttermilk to make a lower-fat version of the dressing. Caesar salad is one of my favorite ways to eat tons of garlic.

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  16. I'm with Deeba - I so prefer the eggless dressing and love those parmesan crisps.

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  17. Oh, I'm loving the eggless dressing, Valli! Sounds so good, as does the "spicy" part of this Caesar salad. You are so creative in the kitchen. :-)

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  18. Caesar is one of my all-time favourite classic dishes and I *love* the parmesan crisps! In CHicago I had a Caesar that was basically served in a parmesan crisp basket which was wonderful. And woo hoo, let's hear it for Foodbuzz - I've just participated in my first 24,24,24! Quite pressurized but great fun.

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