Michael Bacon’s Caesar Salad

Ingredients

Fresh garlic
Olive oil
Lemon
Anchovies
1 egg, raw or coddled
Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Balsamic vinegar
Worcestershire sauce
Brown mustard
Romaine lettuce
Homemade croutons

Preparation

A Note From The Editor
Michael Bacon stated that he has never written down his recipe, but with some coaxing he allowed us a glance into his process. While the following instructions may not represent Michael’s final stop on the road to Caesar salad Valhalla, they reflect a solid and worthwhile endeavor. Besides, isn’t it ultimately about the journey and not about the destination – even (especially!) when it comes to food?

Serves about 4

The key to the perfect Caesar Salad is balance. You have lots of intense flavors and if any one dominates you’re finished. So experimentation is the key. Take a large wooden salad bowl and rub fresh garlic everywhere. Put more olive oil than you’d expect — maybe even 1/2 cup.* Squeeze half a lemon in. Mash up 2-3 canned anchovies with a fork. If you like anchovies you must resist the urge to put in more than 2 or 3. 1 raw egg, or coddled if you’re more comfortable with that. Very fresh, expensive parmesan cheese finely-grated — use more than you might think — maybe 3/4 cup to 1 cup. A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, little bit of Worcestershire sauce. About a heaping tablespoon of domestic brown mustard —French’s or Gulden’s — no Grey Poupon here. Mix up all of this with a fork — it should be a little pasty. Two heads of Romaine lettuce, washed, broken to bite sized pieces, dried and refrigerated. Make croutons from any white bread or baguette and sauté in salt and a little olive oil, and set aside. Add lettuce to the bowl and toss hard. Put the croutons on top.
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Metric conversions: 1/2 cup = 118 ml, 3/4 cup = 177 ml, 1 cup = 236 ml