Bacon and Blue Caesar Salad

by Rachael Ray 1:28 PM, January 20, 2017

Aired January 24, 2017

Serves 4

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 cups white Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
Coarse black pepper
3/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, divided 
12 slices meaty bacon
4 anchovy filets, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated or pasted
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 egg yolk
About 3/4 cup EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup (a handful) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 hearts or 1 large head Romaine, chopped
1/2 cup smoked blue cheese, crumbled


Preheat oven to 350°F.  For the croutons, heat a medium-size skillet over medium heat with oil. Melt butter into oil then add garlic and swirl for a minute or two; toss bread cubes in garlic butter. Arrange croutons on a baking sheet and season with black pepper and 1/2 cup Pecorino. Bake croutons to deeply golden brown, remove and reserve.
Raise oven temp to 375°F.
Arrange bacon on a slotted baking sheet or broiler pan and bake to crisp, 18 minutes. Cool to handle then chop into 1-inch pieces.
For the dressing, place anchovies, Dijon, Worcestershire, garlic, lemon juice, pepper and egg yolk in a food processor, and stream in EVOO while machine is running. Add Parm and remaining 1/4 cup Pecorino, and pulse to combine.
Wash and dry lettuce, coarsely chop and place in a large salad bowl. Add croutons, chopped bacon and blue cheese crumbles; toss with dressing to coat and serve.


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