Barefoot Contessa's Caesar Salad With Pancetta

"I saw Ina make this on her show entitled "Picnic at the Pond". Don't leave out the anchovies; it's what makes the dressing wonderful!"
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Cut the pancetta into 1/2-inch cubes and cook it in a skillet over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until browned and crisp. (Pancetta is Italian bacon. You can find it in your Italian grocery or a specialty food store. Ask that it's cut 1/2-inch thick.).
  • Remove to paper towels and drain.
  • Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet and coat with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until soft.
  • Wash the lettuce leaves carefully and spin-dry in a salad spinner.
  • Stack the leaves on a cutting board and cut them crosswise into 1 1/2-inch slices.
  • Place them in a large mixing bowl.
  • For the dressing, place the egg yolk (*if you're nervous about raw egg yolks, substitue 2 tablespoons of real mayonnaise), mustard, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • Process until smooth.
  • With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube (as though you were making mayonnaise), until thick.
  • Add the 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.
  • Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well.
  • Add 1 cup grated Parmesan and toss.
  • Divide the lettuce among 6 or 8 plates and sprinkle with the pancetta roasted tomatoes. Serve at room temperature.

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  1. This is REALLY good. While I did not leave out the anchovies, (I too believe Caesar salad just is not the same without them) I only used 7 as opposed to 8-10, and still thought it was a bit salty. Next time I will use about 5 for my personal taste. Other than that...flawless! I really like the addition of pancetta. I wonder how turkey bacon would taste? Thanks for posting a great recipe Juenessa.


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