Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes
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Killer Caesar Salad with Oyster Croutons
Total:
25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy
Total:
25 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

For the Caesar salad: 
  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 romaine hearts, roughly torn
  • Parmesan cheese
For the dressing:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 anchovies, optional
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
For the oyster croutons:
  • 12 oysters
  • Oil, for frying
  • Flour, for dredging

Directions

Chuck Hughes' bold Caesar salad topped with oyster croutons is an exceptional twist on an old classic.

For the salad: In a skillet, cook the bacon until crispy, about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside on paper towel to soak up the excess fat. 

For the dressing: Add the yolk, garlic, Dijon mustard, and anchovies, if using to a mortar and pestle, crush until a paste forms. Add the capers and blend well. Add oil slowly in a continuous stream, whisking until it emulsifies. Add lemon juice and half the Parmesan cheese. Alternately, you can combine these ingredients in a blender and slowly add the oil. Add a little water if the consistency is too thick. Season with pepper. Set aside. 

For the oyster croutons: Heat oil in a deep fryer to 360 degrees F. Remove the oysters from their shells and dredge in the flour. Fry oysters for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and set aside on paper towel. 

For serving: In a large bowl, mix the romaine lettuce with the vinaigrette. Add the bacon and Parmesan. Garnish with the oyster croutons and serve.

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