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From the Kitchen: The Perfect Caesar Dressing + Homemade Croutons

March 25, 2011

Salad for dinner is a regular occurrence at our house. I think homemade dressings and croutons are so much better than store-bought ones so Evan and I have been experimenting with ingredients for the perfect caesar dressing and I think we finally made one that we love. Are you the caesar salad type? I fall in and out of love with it but lately, the combination of crispy romaine, crunchy herbed croutons, aged parmesan and tangy anchovy dressing is really doing it for me. Try this dressing and crouton recipe on your next salad. Enjoy!!

Caesar Dressing

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

What to do:

In a food processor, place the first five ingredients in and process thoroughly. With the food processor still running, add the oil. Season with salt and pepper. I used a frother at the end to thicken the dressing in a bowl.

Herbed Croutons

What you’ll need:

1/2 french baguette, cubed into 1 inch pieces

about 1/4 cup of olive oil (just enough to coat all of the bread )

1/4 cup minced herbs of your choice-fresh or dry (I used a mixture of dill, rosemary, and thyme)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the bread, herbs, and spices. Drizzle just enough olive oil to coat all of your bread cubes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until the croutons are crunchy. Let cool and they’re ready to use. Store any leftovers in an airtight container or mason jar. They’ll keep for about a week.

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