Monday, June 6, 2011

Homemade Caesar Dressing & Homemade Croutons

If you’ve never attempted to make your own salad dressing, I implore you to try it now. 
The depth of flavor just cannot be captured in a bottle. 
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not above using the bottled stuff but sometimes I want to bring something special 
to the table and this really does the trick. 
Especially if the salad is going to be the main star of your meal.

This is a two-for-one special today. I’m also going to share a homemade crouton recipe. They are so easy to make and the great thing about homemade croutons is you won’t break a tooth on them like you do the prepackaged ones.
2 garlic cloves (if your cloves are on the small side, use 3)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 egg yolk
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. water
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. granulated white sugar
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp. Dijon Mustard
salt & pepper to taste (about ¼ to ½ tsp each)

In a food processor, finely process the garlic until minced. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.  Put dressing into a lidded container and pop it into the fridge for a few hours (or overnight) to give the flavors time to blend together (trust me, this makes a BIG difference in taste.)

Cook’s Notes: If you are squeamish about using a raw egg yolk in your dressing, I would suggest purchasing pasteurized eggs. However, if you are using very fresh eggs, you should have no problems with your egg yolks. Just crack it into a separate bowl first, to ensure the color and texture look normal for an egg.

Homemade Croutons

½ loaf of stale French bread, cubed
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Garlic Powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). In a medium bowl, add cubed bread.  Drizzle olive oil all over the cubes until lightly coated. 
Sprinkle on salt, pepper and a little garlic powder.

Place cubes on baking sheet and bake for about 10-14 minutes until lightly browned.


Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

My taste buds have definitely been rocked and my socks knocked off. Brandie - thanks so much for being such a fabulous guest! Jill xo

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Thanks for sharing...and shaving! lol

Mama J said...

This dressing looks SO good and SO easy! I'll be making this one!

Biren @ Roti n Rice said...

Hi Brandie! I came over from Jill's blog. So nice to meet you :) You have a lovely blog.

Muriel Miller said...

Headin on over to Jills blog. Love finding new blogs and even more, so excited form this caesar dressing recipe!

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hi Brandie! You did a wonderful guest post on Jill's site. And I'm going to keep your recipe! Just wanted to say hello here. :-)

The Mom Chef said...

Woo hoo. Heading over there.

Veronica Gantley said...

I love this dressing you cant get any better than that. What a great way to use up bread. Make croutons!

Holly said...

You always post yummy recipes I intend to make homemade but never have! I ♥ Ceaser salad! I'm off to check out your guest post now : )

Becky said...

I hope that you didn't get salad dressing on your dress! I love the caesar dressing recipe, because it doesn't have anchovies:)

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

that looks so so yummy. the croutons are awesome.


Lizzy said...

Excellent guest're so darn cute and entertaining :)

Erin said...

You did a wonderful job on the guest post! I love homemade croutons they are just the best!

thecompletecookbook said...

What a great guest post Branide and it is always nice to find more recipes to use up egg yolks.
:-) Mandy

shopannies said...

thanks for sharing the recipes I have made my own before but it has been a while come see what I shared at my blog annies home

Ang said...

Nothing better than homemade croutons. I usually pick them out individually and dip them in my dressing:)

scratch-made wife said...

I loooove caesar dressing but worry, sometimes when I order it out, that it'll be fishy. Your version sounds perfect! Thanks for such a great idea. I'm sure the husband and I would love this one.

Hester Casey - Alchemy said...

Visiting from Jill's M.A.M. You just cannot beat a homemade Caesar. I think French bread makes the best croutons - I would be guilty of eating half of these before they ever got near the salad :)

Annie's Dish said...

Caesar salad is my favorite! I get one from Brueggers almost every day for lunch (not many choices near my work.)

I've never made my own salad dressing. It sounds easy and yummy! Does it keep for the same amount of time as the store bought?

Kristen said...

I am just mad about homemade croutons. I could eat them by the handful! That salad sounds delicious.

The Country Cook said...

Annie, I don't believe the shelf life for this would be as long as the prepackaged stuff. I think 10 days would probably be about right for this. It only makes a little over a cup of dressing so hopefully you'll get it used up. I've got a recipe coming up soon that you'll be able to use this dressing with! :o)

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

I bet your dressing is so good! I always make oil & vinegar dressing but I've never tried my hand at a "creamy" dressing. I'll have to try your recipe out - thanks for sharing!

Our Italian Kitchen said...

Love this recipe for Caesar dressing and homemade croutons are like heaven!! Love it!

Ellen from Norway;) said...

it looks soooooo good!!!cant`t wait to try it;)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creativity here. Can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope to see you there at the party :)

Food Lover said...

I love this salad, it's great to make it at home, thanks :)

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