The Real Deal Caesar Salad

"The traditional method. From Good Food Magazine, June 1986"
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  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place bread slices on baking sheet and brush with about 1 T. of the oil. Toast until crisp, 10-12 minutes. Turn, brush second side with another T. oil, and toast until browned, 10-12 minutes. Cut into 3/4-inch cubes.
  • Meanwhile, rinse lettuce, then tear into 2-inch pieces. Wrap in paper towels and refrigerate.
  • Whisk remaining 4 T. oil, the anchovies, garlic, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and pepper to blend.
  • Ten minutes before serving, boil egg 3 minutes. Cool under running water, scoop slightly cooked egg into dressing, and blend well.
  • Toss lettuce with dressing, croutons, and cheese. Serve at once.

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  1. I had remembered all the ingredients, but didn't know the amounts. Very good, thanks


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