Hello and welcome to another recipe from our Cooking with Jenn Series! This week’s recipe is one of my all-time favourites- Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad and it is seriously the best Caesar Salad recipe of all time! therefore, after you try this recipe you too will be hooked! If you love garlic then hang on tight cause you can make this as garlicky as you like, or you can cut back if you’re not too worried about vampires 😉
This recipe comes from my husband’s side of the family, in fact, it is a traditional family recipe. He always talked about it and I thought wow that sounds like a lot of work, it better be damn good, hahaha. The first time I made it for our family I became hooked and as a result, I haven’t looked back. I have changed a couple of things over the past few years to give it my own twist because I always like to make a recipe truly mine.
My oldest daughter just asked me yesterday why I’m sharing our favourite recipes with all of you and before I could say anything Josh, my other half said: “because it’s selfish not to share good food and recipes”. I have an immense passion for food, truly good food, the type that fills with you warm fuzzy feelings and because of that I must share my love of good food with you.
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Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad Supplies
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- paring knife
- Magic Bullet
- Cutting board
- bread knife
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- frying pan
- paper towel
- measuring spoons
- liquid measuring cup
- chef knife
- large bowl
- citrus juicer/strainer
Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad Ingredients
- 1/4-1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 4-7 cloves of garlic (depending on personal preference)
- a loaf of french bread
- garlic pepper or powder
- seasoning salt
- romaine lettuce
- 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- generous pinch of pepper
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
- 3-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg
- 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 1 lemon
- parmesan cheese
Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad Recipe
Start your Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
The first thing you need to do for this recipe is to peel your garlic. I use a bit more garlic than the average person around 7-8 cloves off of a large bulb. However, 4-5 cloves should be about right for most. This is always something you can experiment with to meet your taste preferences.
Once your garlic is peeled add them to 1/4 cup of oil in your Magic Bullet. You can use extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil or canola oil whichever suits your family.
The recipe I was passed on says to make your oil-garlic mixture 24 hours in advance. Well, let’s face it I’m not always that well organized so I developed a method that still generates the taste of the garlic-infused oil but at a faster rate.
Once you have your garlic and oil in the Magic Bullet give them a couple of seconds on dice to cut up your garlic into smaller pieces quickening the infusion process. Then place your garlic oil into the refrigerator.
If you do not have a Magic Bullet you should check them out they are truly amazing. You can try a blender if you like or chop your garlic by hand.
Make your Homemade Croutons
Preheat oven to 400°
I like to make my own croutons, it is pretty simple and you can make them whatever flavour you like. We keep them pretty basic but you can add your own twist if you like.
Using your bread knife slice and then cube your loaf of garlic bread into bite-size pieces. A little big is okay too. Place all the cut cubes into a large bowl and season with garlic powder, garlic pepper and seasoning salt. Or whichever seasonings you prefer. Mix them well using your hands.
Place a sheet of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. Spread your french bread cubes in a layer on the cookie sheet. I have a large cookie sheet that allows me to do all of my croutons in one go around. They do not have to be a single layer but should not exceed two layers.
Place the cookie sheet into the preheated oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and use your tongs to flip the croutons and return to the oven to bake for an additional 10 minutes. Depending on your oven you may need to adjust your cooking time so be sure to check your oven periodically for any burning.
Once they are slightly browned and golden and feel crisp and lack moisture remove from oven and let cool.
I usually can make two large Homemade Caesar Salads with this amount of croutons. Therefore, I bag approximately half of them up and freeze them for the next time we make our Ultimate Salad.
Make your Bacon Bits for your Ultimate Caesar Salad
I absolutely love bacon and am not a fan of the store-bought bacon bits whether they are the ‘real bacon’ or simulated kind. Hence we make our own. We usually do a full pack of bacon, so that we can freeze the other half after the process is complete or save them for some BLT’s the next day.
Firstly, heat up your frying pan. Then slice your pack of bacon in half down the middle because they crisp better in shorter pieces. Spread them in your frying and start cooking them. Make sure to flip them often.
We like to drain our bacon grease into an old tin can once we are 2/3rds done cooking them. It helps to prevent the bacon from burning as well as less splashing. Draining at this time also gives you less grease to deal with at the end.
Place a sheet or two of paper towel on a plate. Once the bacon is crisped to your desired amount remove from frying pan and place on the paper towel. Let the bacon cool.
Once your bacon is cool use a chef knife to dice it up into small pieces. Now, you can choose to freeze half of your bacon bits so it is ready for your next Caesar salad.
Now set your fresh bacon bits aside until later. Personally, I feel the homemade bacon bits and croutons are crucial in this Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad Recipe, therefore, I always make my own.
Prepare your Romaine Lettuce
First of all, you need to ensure to wash your romaine lettuce thoroughly. I like to hold it under the faucet while opening the top of the head and running the water through well. Use cold water to wash. Make sure to wash the stalk well after the in-between has been done. Shake the lettuce dry and gently tap off excess water.
Place your head of romaine on your cutting board and grab your chef knife. Hold the base of your head and then cut your head vertically all the way from base to top of the head. Then rotate the head of lettuce and repeat until you have approximately 5 or 6 slices lengthwise. Now, chop your lettuce beginning from the tip into 1-inch widths down the base of the head. This will create nice bite-sized pieces of lettuce for your salad.
Lastly, place your perfectly chopped lettuce into a large bowl and set aside.
Mix your Ultimate Caesar Salad Dressing
Now it is time to take out your garlic infused oil from the refrigerator. We are going to mix it all together in your magic bullet cup, therefore, you do not need any other supplies besides your bullet and measuring spoons.
Add the mustard powder, salt, pepper, anchovy paste, Worcestershire Sauce, egg and mayonnaise to your garlic oil. Blend it together pulsating at first because it will be quite thick, then hold and blend until well combined. Refrigerate if not making salad immediately.
Juice a lemon
You will need one lemon for this salad, so go ahead and slice it in half and squeeze out the juices. Make sure you remove all seeds.
Throw together your Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad!
Once you have all of your ingredients ready to go add your Homemade Caesar salad dressing to your chopped romaine lettuce. Give it a quick toss with some tongs.
If you do not plan on eating the entire salad you can refrigerate some for the next day before following the next steps, moreover eliminating soggy croutons for the salad the next day.
Add in your homemade croutons and bacon bits, mixing well. If you already make your own salad dressings these are quite an addition to the perfect salad and you will love the flavour!
Pour your lemon juice on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese as desired.
Enjoy the Ultimate Homemade Caesar Salad
This Caesar Salad makes the perfect side dish it also can be quickly made into a main dish by adding some grilled chicken breast slices to it. The aroma from this Homemade Salad dressing will have your family drooling in anticipation. Although it sounds like a lot of work to make a salad, believe me, you will have no regrets. Well, maybe one, no Caesar salad will ever be quite as satisfying to your taste buds again!
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