ain't nothin like the real thang!....Caesar Salad


ok, i may have switched out the Romaine for kale, BUT i did make my own authentic dressing!!!

raw egg yolks, anchovies, and all!!!

i was trying to figure out how to use the leftover anchovies that were in a baggy in the fridge before they went bad, and my client, Carol, suggested Caesar salad.  I thought, hey, something new!  i had all the basic ingredients, except for lemon, which i think would add another dimension of flavor and more of a brightness/freshness...next time!

here is what i did, and what i would change...
2 garlic cloves - next time i will only use ONE!  ry and i were tasting it long after we were done!
6 anchovy fillets - i put all that i had left in the food processor, next time i will use less, maybe 4, because that flavor was a little overwhelming as well!
But hey, if you like a punch of flavor, add as much garlic and anchovies as you like!
1 tbsp dijon
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 raw egg yolks, buy pasteurized if you like...i ain't scerred!
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
a couple tbsps water, depending on how thin you like it
pepper
something green to add color and a bit more flavor! - i added some celery leaves i had leftover from my carrot and beet salad.  parsley would work well too!
and of course, next time i will add lemon juice

put everything except oil and water in the food processor and pulse until almost broken down.  then turn on low and VERY SLOWLY stream in oil.  this will create almost a mayo consistency.  put in a bowl and whisk in some water to thin it out to your desired consistency. 


toss with some greens and top with some parm shards, fresh cracked pepper, and garlic croutons...i made my own from whole wheat bread!



i thought the kale worked very well with the Caesar dressing.  the dressing was so bold and flavorful, it stood up to the texture and the slight bitterness of the kale. 



thanks again Jessica for the kale straight from your garden...LOVED IT!!!



an ending tip...if you decide to make this and you have a significant other, make sure you both eat it, otherwise one of you will be complaining of garlic and anchovy breath!  but hey, it is worth it! 

*went to the farmers' market and took some great pics....will post soon.
who else made it out?