Grilled Caesar Salad

by Owen Sechrist

As some of you may have picked up on I used to be a partner and the chef of a prominent upscale eatery in Lancaster City.  I've been hearing from a lot of people lately that they would happily sacrifice small and insignificant body parts for the original Grilled Caesar Salad dressing recipe.  I don't really have any need for small body parts so I decided to just post it here! *Note- I consider this recipe to be my intellectual property and I'm publishing it for non-commercial use only.

Caesar Dressing

Portion Size: N/A

Ingredient: Amount:

Mayonnaise 1 gal 4 gal 8 gal

Lemon Juice 2 cup 8 cup 16 cup

Anchovy  1 oz 4 oz 8 oz

Fresh Garlic 1/8 cup  ½ cup 1 cup

Shallot 2whole 8whole 16whole

White Wine(Chablis) 1 cup 4 cup 8 cup

Fresh Oregano ½ cup 2 cup 4 cup

ExV Olive Oil 2 cup 8 cup(1.5 gal) 16 cup

Parmesan Cheese 1 cup 4 cup(1.5 gal) 8 cup

Fresh Oregano 4 tblsp 2 cup 4 cup

Black Pepper 3 tblsp 12 tblsp 24 tblsp

Salt to taste to taste to taste

Method: Chop shallot, garlic, anchovy, and oregano finely and mix all ingredients.

A few notes on the ingredients:

You must use Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise(tm).  You cannot substitute another brand and if you use Miracle Whip(tm) the dressing will actually explode and probably burn down your house (OK, seriously though....that's a joke...Kraft lawyers, do not sue us please!)

You must use Parmigiano-Reggiano for your Parmesan cheese.  It must be shaved paper thin.  The flavor is different if it is shaved too thick.

An inexpensive Chablis makes a fantastic cooking wine and ingredient in recipes, particularly because it is not aged in oak.

Black pepper is best when freshly and coarsely ground.

Note on mixing the dressing:

When hand mixing the dressing with a whisk you should be a bit cautious about dumping all the ingredients together at once.  Hellmann's is an extremely strong emulsion but I'm sure it is possible to break it; alternate adding your lemon juice/wine and your olive oil in smaller amounts.

The salad:

For those of you who are not familiar with this legendary grilled caesar salad here is a rundown on how to make it:

Take a head of romaine and strip any limp or damaged outer leaves.

Soak the whole head in cold water and shushull(<----note the highly technical culinary term here) it around to clean the leaves and get the sand out(or better yet buy clean organic heads of lettuce).  Allow to drain!!!  The lettuce must be relatively dry to grill.

Cut the head of lettuce in half lengthwise.

Use either a brush or spray bottle(the kind you get at the hardware store for cleaning will spray a nice fine mist of canola or light olive oil) or Misto(tm) to lightly coat the flat face of the 1/2 head of romaine with oil.  Season with salt and pepper.

Now, heat your grill until it is as hot as you can get it without turning it into a molten pile of slag and throw the flat face of the lettuce directly on the grates.  Allow the face of the romaine to char for 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on your personal taste.  At the very least the cut edges of the romain should be black.  You may want to tap the face of the lettuce on the grill a few times to knock off the whispy incinerated parts.

Place the romaine on a plate with the charred side up, spread a healthy dose of dressing on the face and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano.  If desired place meat, seafood or vegetables in between the dressing and cheese.  Top with your favorite croutons.

Serve with a steak knife and enjoy!

[caption id="attachment_171" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Grilled Caesar"][/caption]Sorry for the blurry picture, but you get the idea...

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