Saturday, May 5, 2007

Hay Hay its Donna Day 12: Caesar Salad

All craziness of this past week aside, I still have to pinch myself about this. I could barely contain myself when I got the email from Helen on Tuesday, sharing my win with me. Anyone I work with will tell you, I squealed (seriously) and bounced up and down the halls. I called my husband and squealed at him. Called my mom and squealed at her. I think all the nearby dogs heard me squeal in pitches unheard by man.

Why all the giddiness? Because I've only been blogging a month. Rookie luck? Probably. But I'll take it! I'll take it and I'll tell you why. I've always felt awkward: I never know what to say, strangers freak me out, yadda yadda... but talking about food? With other people that love food? Totally my element. And winning this event, to me, is kinda like not being picked last in gym class. My heart is all filled up and I thank you for that. (Could I be ANY lamer??) :)

Once the bouncing passed, I got to wondering what my theme would be for HHDD #12. I quizzed Barbara, creator of these lovely HHDD events, on how this process works. Without her, I think I'd still be brainstorming and pouring over recipes.

Then it came to me, with the last two months of fantastic, mouth-watering sweets, that I could really really use a salad. You know that feeling? You glut your way through a weekend, and you really just want some nice crunchy lettuce? Mind you, this caesar has bacon... but its crunchy, too, so... yah. :)

So, ladies and gentlemen, send me your salads, your wraps, your pizzas and your stuffed things. Anything with the main elements of caesar, and I want to see it. You all are a crafty bunch and I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Fine print:
Please post your caesar salad recipe by May 27th. Once posted, please email it to me at otherpeoplesfood AT gmail DOT com, including your name, name of your blog and its URL, title of your recipe and the URL to your post, and a picture of your caesar. (Whew!) I will post the round-up on June 3rd, winner declared June 10th. To the winner goes a copy of one of my favorite cookbooks and the hosting duties of HHDD #13 (lucky!)

To get you started, I picked Donna Hay's Caesar Salad from her Modern Classics Book 1, posted after the jump.

Good luck, and happy caesaring! :)

Caesar Salad
From “Modern Classics Book 1” by Donna Hay

6 rashers bacon
1 large cos (romaine) lettuce
sea salt and cracked black pepper
¼ cup shaved parmesan cheese
1 thin baguette, sliced (32 slices)
olive oil
1 clove garlic, halved
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 anchovy fillets
¼ finely grated parmesan cheese
½ cup (4 fl oz.) vegetable oil

To make the croutons, preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F). Place the baguette slices on a baking tray, brush with the olive oil and bake for 10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Rub each slice with the cut garlic and set aside.

Place the bacon on a baking tray and cook under a hot grill (broiler) until crisp. When cooled, tear into large pieces. Trim the lettuce leaves, reserving the smaller inner leaves and roughly chopping the larger ones.

To make the dressing, process the egg yolk, mustard, garlic, lemon juice, anchovies and parmesan in a food processor until combined. With the motor running, gradually add the oil and process until smooth and creamy. To serve, toss together the lettuce, two-thirds of the dressing, the bacon, croutons, salt and pepper. Spoon over the remaining dressing and top with the shaved parmesan.

Serves 4.


Helen said...

I am happy to see you so happy hosting the event. I am afraid I'll have to pass as my blog is all about exceptions, but I wish everybody good luck and can't wait to be inspired by all the creations!

Laura said...

My daughter has just begun hounding me for a Caesar salad (summer has come early to Ireland this year) so you couldn't have made a better choice! Although all she really wants are the croutons!

Kristen said...

What a great theme this month!
You should be squealing and thrilled :) Very exciting!

Deborah said...

I'm so excited about this one!! I made salads for dinner one night last week, and both my husband and I said - why don't we have salads more often? Now I know what the next one will be!

Mallow said...

Sounds fabulous - I am in dire need of some greens after all the baking I have been doing! I have a question though. What are the main elements of "caesar"? I am thinking anchovies, parmesan and lemon. And lettuce. Am I right about that? I am looking forward to this!

joey said...

Sounds great! You are so right...I should be eating more salads now, especially since it's summer here! But I'm sure there are also other tasty versions for "ceasar" dishes :) Exciting!

Barbara said...

All looking good Katie. I think I might try and come up wit a warm versio as we head into winter.

tami said...

I missed the last HHDD...but Caesar Salad is one of my absolute favorite foods. No way I'm not taking part in this one :)

Thanks for hosting!

Ali-K said...

Hi Katie, your success story AND subsequent brilliant idea of Caesar salad has inspired me to take part in my first every Hay Hay it's Donna Day! I can't wait to have a crack and see everyone else's salads too.

So Simple said...

I have a great Caesar Salad recipe I am having problems with my camera but hope to post an entry with you shortly.
Good choice