My good friend James found and made this recipe but he said that I could share it with you all. He was so darn proud of his salad and homemade croutons, and dressing he made to go with it. I think he had a reason to be proud as it was yummy! Was nice to have someone make something homemade. I am ALL for homemade! I think if you can cook it homemade, well you should. I don’t like to take shortcuts usually. I think the time you put into cooking your food comes out when you eat it. You can taste the love.
So here is James Cesar Salad
You can substitute two 10-ounce bags of chopped romaine lettuce for the hearts.
1/2 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves , minced
1(12-inch) piece French baguette , cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese , plus 1 cup shredded
2 anchovy fillets , rinsed and patted dry (optional)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 romaine hearts , torn into bite-sized pieces (about 12 cups)
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk oil and garlic in large bowl; reserve ¼ cup. Toss bread with remaining oil mixture and season with salt and pepper. Bake bread on rimmed baking sheet until golden, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.
2. Process mayonnaise, grated Parmesan, anchovy (if using), lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper in blender until smooth. With machine running, pour in reserved oil and process until thoroughly incorporated.
3. Toss romaine, shredded Parmesan, and dressing in large bowl. Add croutons and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.